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Memorable Manitobans: Arthur “Art” Bridgwater (1910-1976)

Police officer.

Born at MacGregor in April 1910, son of Arthur Edmund Bridgwater (1882-1937) and Helga Jacobsson (1880-1957), he came to Winnipeg at an early age. He became an officer with the Winnipeg Police Force, becoming in December 1945 the Police Chief for the Rural Municipality of Fort Garry and overseeing a department of 35 men. Following the Unicity merger, he became Superintendent of District 6 of the Winnipeg Police. He was a member of the Fort Garry Legion, Manitoba Hockey Players Foundation, and Manitoba Old Timers Hockey Club, and was a founder of the Canadian Police Combat Pistol Championships. He was a committee member of the Manitoba Centennial Corporation. He retired in 1975. He died at Winnipeg on 22 November 1976, leaving a widow and three children. He is commemorated by the Bridgwater residential development in Winnipeg.

Sources:

Marriage registration [Arthur E. Bridgwater], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Obituary [Arthur E. Bridgwater], Winnipeg Tribune, 19 February 1937, page 10.

Obituary [Helga Bridgewater], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 May 1957, page 28.

“Former police chief Bridgwater dies at age 66,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 November 1976, page 9.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 November 1976, page 131.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 June 2019

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