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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. Clerk, James Hall & Co., Glove Manufacturers, Brockville, Ontario, 1885-93. General Agent, Canada Life Assurance Co., Brockville, 1893. City Manager, Toronto, 1903. Manager, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A., 1907. Came to Winnipeg, 1912. Ex-President, Brockville Rowing Club. Ex-Member, Military Institute, Toronto, Ont. Ex-Member, Granite Curling Club. Ex-Member, Argonaut Rowing Club, Toronto, Ontario. Ex-Member, Detroit Rowing Club. Ex-Director, Brockville Club. Ex-Director and Member of many musical organizations. Ex-Member National Club, Toronto, Ont. Captain, Brockville Rifles, 41st Battalion, 1898-1903. Married Helen Jane Thomas, daughter of John Ernest Thomas, formerly manager of the Canadian Bank of Commerce, Chatham, Ontario. Has one son and a daughter. Member St. Charles Country Club, Royal Canadian Yacht, Toronto, Ont. Member AF and AM (Royal Arch) Temple, Shriner, Recreations: Golf, singing, curling and rowing. Anglican. Residence, 43 Kingsway, Winnipeg.

He died on 10 August 1930.


Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“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: 27 April 2020

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