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Memorable Manitobans: John George Bitcon (1875-1963)


Born at Inverness, Scotland on 28 April 1875, son of John Bitcon (1848-1935) and Isabella Mcdonald (1848-1914), he immigrated to Canada via the United States in 1901. He graduated from Manitoba College and was named Reverend of Dufferin Avenue Presbyterian Church (1903-1907). During his time in Winnipeg, he was active in the Royal Templars of Temperance and a lead figure in the North Winnipeg / Dufferin Council.

In May 1907, he moved to Saskatchewan as Pastor of Presbyterian congregations at Macoun (1907-?), Maple Creek (1910), Swift Current (1914), and Lewvan (1926). Toward the end of his 48 years of service, he returned to Manitoba as Pastor at Rapid City United Church (1948-1950) and Plumas United Church (1950-1951), after which he retired to Winnipeg.

On 14 July 1910, he married Ethel Susan Ferraby (1883-1971) of Grove Lake, Minnesota at Maple Creek, Saskatchewan and they had a son, Robert John Bitcon (1924-1953).

He died at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital on 26 December 1963 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.


1906 & 1911 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.

1926 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

“Farewell to Rev. J. G. Bitcon,"” Winnipeg Tribune, 16 May 1907, page 9.

“Social and person [The engagement is announced of Ethel Susan Ferraby ...],” Lethbridge Daily Herald, 12 July 1910, page 4.

“The church situation,” Shaunavon Standard, 15 January 1914, page 1.

Obituary [Robert John Bitcon], Rapid City Reporter, 10 September 1953, page 1.

In memoriam [Robert John Bitcon], Winnipeg Tribune, 1 September 1961, page 22.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 December 1963, page 24.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 28 December 1963, page 22.

Obituary [Mrs. Ethel S. Bitcon], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 August 1971, page 21.

Bitcon family tree - Garrett, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 12 November 2020

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