Memorable Manitobans: Ernest Henry Bissett (1866-1930)
Born at Quebec City on 24 July 1866, son of James Bissett and Caroline Ritchie, he was educated at public and private schools. From 1885 to 1893, he worked as a clerk with the glove manufacturing firm of James Hall and Company at Brockville, Ontario. In 1893, he became a general agent for the Canada Life Assurance Company at Brockville, being promoted to City Manager at Toronto in 1903 and Manager at Detroit, Michigan in 1907. He came to Winnipeg in 1912 to become Manager of the Mutual Life Assurance Company of Canada.
He was married to Helen Jane Thomas (?-?, daughter of John Ernest Thomas) and they had one son and a daughter. He was a member of St. Charles Country Club, Manitoba Club, Winnipeg Winter Club, Royal Canadian Yacht Club (Toronto, Ontario), AF and AM (Royal Arch), Shriners, Granite Curling Club, and St. George's Anglican Church. His recreations included golf, singing, curling, and rowing.
He died at his Winnipeg home, 43 Kingsway, on 10 August 1930.
Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.
“Ernest Bissett dies after short illness,” Manitoba Free Press, 11 August 1930, page 4.
“Free Press Necrology Files,” Winnipeg Elite Study, G. Friesen Fonds, Mss 154, Box 15, File 16, University of Manitoba Archives]
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 20 October 2021