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Memorable Manitobans: Richard Reeve Collard (1886-1963)

Construction engineer.

Born at Belmont, Ontario on 30 September 1886, he was educated at the public and high schools of Kitchener, Ontario. He joined the Dominion Government Survey Party in the Northwest Territories in 1903. During World War One, he was an officer in the Canadian Field Artillery and served in Canada, England, and France.

He later became General Superintendent of Construction in Canada and USA for Warren Brothers Limited of Boston. He was also President and General Manager of Hawaiian Construction Company in Hawaii and later organized and was Managing Director of Acadia Construction Company of Halifax. In 1924 he joined the Carter-Halls-Aldinger Company in Winnipeg. From 1939 to 1945 he was Director of Works and Buildings for the RCAF and the Air Member of the Air Council for Construction Engineering. He was responsible for all RCAF construction in Canada, Newfoundland, and Labrador. In recognition of his wartime work, he was made a Commander of the British Empire in the first Honours List. On the formation of Commonwealth Construction Company in 1944, he became its President and General Manager, serving until his retirement in 1957.

On 11 December 1912, he married Mildred Gordon (?-1968) of Thorold, Ontario. They had one daughter, Patricia Gordon Collard (wife of W. J. Condo). He was a member of the Manitoba Club, Vancouver Club, St. Charles Country Club, Fellowship Club, St. Andrew’s Society of Winnipeg, Lakewood Country Club, and AF & AM (Fort Garry Lodge and Niagara-on-the-Lake branches). He was also a member of the Engineering Institute of Canada.

He died at Winnipeg on 20 April 1963 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 April 1963, page 26.

Obituary [Mildred Gordon Collard], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 October 1968, page 27.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 June 2015

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