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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 Messrs. 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 1906, he married Lillian Lucy Giles and they had four children, including Winnifred Brereton (wife of E. J. Kramer), Beatrice Brereton (wife of J. G. Buchanan), and Herbert G. Brereton. An Anglican, he lived at 1015 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg.

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.


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

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 September 1969, page 28.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 March 2013

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