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Memorable Manitobans: Norman Joyce D’Arcy (1889-1980)

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Norman Joyce D’Arcy
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Born at Winnipeg on 16 March 1889, son of William H. D’Arcy and Annie Cathcart, he attended the University of Manitoba, graduating in 1912 with a BA degree. He articled in law with J. B. Coyne but interrupted his studies in November 1915 by enlisting in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, serving overseas and attaining the rank of Captain and receiving the Military Cross from King George V.

Following his military dischage, he returned to Winnipeg and was called to the Manitoba Bar in May 1919. He joined the law firm of Coyne, Hamilton and Martin (1919-1922) then was a partner in the firm of D’Arcy and Elliot (1922-1925). He practiced alone until 1955 then was a partner in D’Arcy, Irving and Company (1955-1965) and D’Arcy, Irving, Haig and Smethurst (1965-1971). In 1971, they merged with Swift, MacLeod, Deacon and Kirby to form the firm of D’Arcy & Deacon. In 1962, he was appointed a Queen’s Counsel. He retired from active law practice in 1974.

On 10 August 1926, he married Isabel Smith (?-?) at Winnipeg. They had two children: Norman Stuart D’Arcy and Gail D’Arcy. He was a member of Holy Trinity Church, Masons (Assiniboine Lodge), Khartum Shriners, Royal Order of Jesters, and the Fellowship Club.

He died at Winnipeg on 14 January 1980 and was buried in the St. John’s Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Province names ten lawyers Queen’s counsels,” Winnipeg Tribune, 31 December 1962, page 13.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 January 1980, page 67.

This page was prepared by Paul Jeffrey D’Arcy and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 April 2019

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