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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Boyd (1867-1931)

Athlete, municipal official.

Born in County Monaghan, Ireland on 7 June 1867, he came to Canada as a baby and resided at Toronto, Ontario. He moved to Winnipeg in 1895 and was engaged in the printing business with the firm of Boyd and Bishop, later a salesman for the Phillips Paper Company.

He served as an alderman for Ward 2 on the Winnipeg City Council from 1921 to 1930, founder of the Manitoba Branch of the Amateur Athletic Union of Canada and its President for two years, and President of the national body for five years. He was President of the Holly Snowshoe Club and an honorary officer of the Winnipeg North End Athletic Club. In his youth, he was Secretary of the Rover Bicycle Club and chief counsel for the Canadian Wheelmen’s Association. He was prominent in the Orange Order (Grand Master, 1923-1924). He was President of the Manitoba Motor League for a term and a Director of the Jefferson Highway Association.

He died at his Winnipeg home, 636 McDermot Avenue, on 26 February 1931.

Sources:

“Thomas Boyd, former alderman, succumbs,” Manitoba Free Press, 27 February 1931.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 January 2016

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