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Memorable Manitobans: Cyril William “Cy” Buckingham (1917-2019)


Born at Brandon on 20 May 1917, only child of Arthur Gordon Buckingham and Norah May Clarke (1886-1962), he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War, working in the United Kingdom as a radar instructor. After his military discharge in 1945, he enrolled in an accelerated law program at the University of Manitoba. After being called to the Manitoba Bar, he established a law practice at Brandon then moved to Virden in 1955. By 1976, when he was made a Queen’s Counsel, he was senior partner in the firm of Buckingham, Toews, Smeltz, and McNeill. He also served as a part-time provincial judge (1955-1983), secretary and president of the Western Manitoba Bar Association, and a director of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce. On 5 June 1948, he married Esther Kathleen Locke (?-2012) at St. George’s Anglican Church in Winnipeg and they subsequently had two children. In retirement, he moved to Winnipeg in 2001 where he died on 20 March 2019. He was buried in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Burial transcriptions, Brandon Municipal Cemetery.

“Esther Kathleen Locke weds Cyril William Buckingham,” Winnipeg Tribune, 7 June 1948, page 11.

“Asper among 10 new Manitoba QCs,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 1975, page 40.

Obituary [Esther Kathleen Buckingham], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 December 2012.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 March 2019.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 March 2019

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