Memorable Manitobans: Edgar Allan Deacon (1887-1958)
Lawyer, municipal official.
Born at Mattawa Nipissing, Ontario on 2 October 1887, son of J. M. Deacon and Mary Kelly, he was educated at Mattawa Public and High Schools, and Stanstead College (Stanstead, Quebec). He articled in law to Elliott, McNeil and Deacon of Winnipeg, and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1911. He practised in Winnipeg until 1923, moving to Crystal City in January 1923. He was the first Mayor of Crystal City, serving from 1948 to 1955. He was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1953.
On 26 June 1912, he was married to Olive May Decatur, with whom he had one son, and who was killed early in the Second World War.
He served with the 226th Battalion under Lieutenant-Colonel Gillespie, with the rank of Lieutenant, in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in the First World War. He saw service at Passchendaele, Arras, Amiens, Cambrai, Canal du Nord, and Valenciennes. He returned to Canada in March 1919. During the Second World War, he was director of auxiliary services on the staff of Canadian military headquarters in Ottawa, from 1940 to 1945. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire.
He was one of the founding members of the Manitoba Association of Urban Municipalities, was chairman of its first resolutions committee, and became its second President, serving in 1951. He died in October 1958.
Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.
Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“City woman first QC in Manitoba,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1953.
Western Municipal News, November 1958, page 344.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 7 September 2014
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