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Memorable Manitobans: Walter Blair (1862-1940)

Police officer.

Born at Drummond, Ontario on 22 May 1862, he came to Manitoba in the early 1880s and joined the Winnipeg police force in 1888. He spent most of his 30-year career at the James Avenue headquarters, rising to the rank of Inspector. He retired in 1918 and died at his Winnipeg home, 56 Ellen Street, on 29 February 1940 and was buried in Brookside Cemetery. He was survived by a widow and two daughters.


Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Former policeman mourned,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 February 1940, page 13.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 March 1940, page 20.

“Death climaxes careers of many notable people in course of 1940”, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1941, page 1.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 August 2014

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