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Memorable Manitobans: Gordon Campbell Chown (1922-2002)

Lawyer, MP (1957-1958), MP (1958-1962), judge.

Born at Winnipeg on 15 August 1922, son of Gordon Chown and Penelope Millen, brother of Margaret Chown Morse, he attended public school at Winnipeg, Queen’s University, and Manitoba Law School (LLB). He was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1950 and established a practice at Winnipeg. He served overseas during the Second World War and attained the rank of Captain. He served as President of the Young Conservatives of Manitoba (1951), Alderman of Winnipeg (1952 to 1955), elected to the House of Commons (1957, 1958, 1962) for Winnipeg South, serving as Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons (1962 to 1963). He was defeated in 1963, after which he moved to Toronto. He helped to found the York County Legal Aid Plan. In 1972 he was appointed as a provincial judge, and acted in this capacity in Toronto and Hamilton until his retirement in 1992.

On 29 December 1958, he married Catherine Oliver Barton. He was a life long member of the Anglican Church of Canada, a Life Member of the Royal Canadian Military Institute, Toronto, and of the University of Manitoba Alumni Association. As a past member of the Royal Lake of the Woods Yacht Club and Winnipeg Winter Club, he was an avid sailor and figure skater.

He died at Brantford, Ontario on 31 July 2002.


The Canadian Directory of Parliament, 1867-1967, edited by J. K. Johnson, Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa [Library and Archives Canada], 1968.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 2 August 2002.

“They will never be forgotten,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2002, pages A8-A9.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 November 2017

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