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Memorable Manitobans: James Alexander “Jim” Burgess (1908-1984)

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James Alexander Burgess
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Banker, businessman, municipal official.

Born at Wawanesa on 24 July 1908, son of John Burgess and Christina McLeod, he worked for about 20 years with the Royal Bank of Canada. He was later an accountant with Smellie Brothers Creameries of Russell. In 1960, he went into partnership with Robert Charles Smellie in the firm of Russell Agencies.

He served as Mayor of Russell and, from 1963 to 1964, President of the Manitoba Association of Urban Municipalities. On 20 June 1939, he married Agnes Buie Thom (?-?) of Russell and they had a daughter and two sons. He was a member of the Russell Agricultural Society, Manitoba Chamber of Commerce, Russell Golf and Country Club, and Knox United Church.

He died at Russell on 15 October 1984 and was buried in the Russell Memorial Garden.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Storey House (219 Westbourne Street, Russell, Municipality of Russell-Binscarth)

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Burgess – Thom,” Russell Banner, 22 June 1939, page 1.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 November 1984, page 69.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 July 2021

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