Memorable Manitobans: Wilfred Proctor Brereton (1879-1969)
Born at Bethany, Ontario on 4 January 1879, son of Charles Herbert Brereton and Eliza Lydia Proctor, he was educated at Port Hope High School and the University of Toronto. He worked as Assistant Engineer with Heigh and Patterson at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1903-1905), Assistant Engineer with the City of Winnipeg Hydro Electric Development (1906-1910), Chief Engineer of the Mount Hood Railway Light and Power Development at Portland, Oregon (1910-1912), and City Engineer for the City of Winnipeg (1914-retirement). In 1935, he was appointed Chairman and Chief Engineer of the Board of Engineers to the Greater Winnipeg Sanitary District.
On 28 April 1906, he married Lillian Lucy Giles (1876-1957) at Toronto, Ontario and they had four children, including Winnifred Myra Brereton (1907-?, wife of E. J. Kramer), Beatrice Ethel Brereton (1908-?, wife of John Grange Buchanan), and Herbert G. Brereton (?-?). The family lived at 60 Furby Avenue (c1915) and 1015 Grosvenor Avenue (c1925). He was a member of the AF & AM, Knights of Pythias, and Anglican church.
He died at Toronto, Ontario on 5 September 1969 and was buried in the Old St. Andrews Cemetery. He is commemorated by Brereton Road in Winnipeg.
Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Who's Who and Why, Volumes 6 and 7, 1915-1916, page 596.
Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.
The Greater Winnipeg Sanitary District Sewerage System and Sewage Treatment Plant, City of Winnipeg Municipal Manual 1959, page 229. [City of Winnipeg Archives]
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 September 1969, page 28.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 29 October 2021