Memorable Manitobans: Alexander James Dryton Bridge (1912-1985)
Banker, municipal official, community activist.
Born at St. Vital on 22 September 1912, eldest son of Alexander Bridge (1878-?) and Emily Baker (c1878-?), he grew up at the family’s 402 Truro Street home in Winnipeg. He was twice married, first to Evelyn Ingrid Johnson (?-1974) at The Pas in June 1941. The couple had two children, and following the death of his first wife, he remarried to Madlyn Louise Waver Rialland (1915-2012). He settled in Fort Garry and worked for the Royal Bank of Canada for 42 years, and serving as Manager of its Pembina and Oakenwald branches. During the Second World War, he served as a Navigator in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was a member of Fort Garry Chamber of Commerce (President, 1955-1956), Fort Garry Parks Board, Fort Garry Rotary Club, Southwood Golf and Country Club, and Elks Club (life member). His contributions to the community were recognized with Fort Garry’s Order of the Gate and, in 1972, with the naming of the Alex Bridge Park. He died while vacationing in New Zealand on 17 February 1985.
Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force [Alexander Bridge], Library and Archives Canada.
Engagements, Winnipeg Tribune, 31 May 1941, page 11.
Birth notice, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 March 1947, page 21.
“Elected President,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 April 1955, page 6.
Obituary [Evelyn Ingrid Bridge], Winnipeg Free Press, 12 October 1974, page 43.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 February 1985, page 62.
Obituary [Madlyn Louise Bridge], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 March 2012, page 40.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 29 November 2022