Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Richard Billett (1863-1936)
Banker, financial broker.
Born at Gloucester, England on 1 February 1866, he began a banking career before emigrating to Canada in 1881. He lived in eastern Canada for several years, working for the Canadian Bank of Commerce. Around the turn of the 20th century, the bank moved him to its branch in Dawson City, Yukon, later making him an inspector and moving him to Winnipeg in 1902. There, in 1911, he opened his own financial brokerage business, specializing in bonds and real estate. He served as President of the Winnipeg Stock Exchange (1915-1917, 1928-1929). He was married twice, first on 11 November 1899 to Florence Anna Sutherland (1872-1917) with whom he had a daughter, Mary Rosamond Billett (1902-1947). On 17 November 1923, he married Gladys Willan (1882-1957). An avid golfer, he was president of the St. Charles Country Club in 1919. He was also a member of the Manitoba Club, St. Charles Country Club, and All Saints Anglican Church. He died at his Winnipeg residence, 626 Wardlaw Avenue, on 20 January 1936 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.
1916 Canada census, Ancestry.
Marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“T. R. Billett dies at his residence Monday morning,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 January 1936.
Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 9 October 2017
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