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Memorable Manitobans: Robert James Delaney (1889-?)


Born at Orangeville, Ontario on 15 August 1889, he was educated at Toronto public schools, then established a fur business at Toronto in 1904. He joined Holt, Renfrew Company of Toronto in 1909 and transferred to its Winnipeg branch in 1912 as chief cutter in fur department. He opened Delaney Furs Company in 1917, and was appointed furrier to the Prince of Wales in January 1921. During the First World War, he joined the 78th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force in July 1915 and served as Acting Regimental Sergeant-Major later Captain of the 10th Battalion. He was an active golfer and a member of several fraternal organizations. In 1934, he lived at 156 Scotia Street with his wife, two daughters, and two sons. He died sometime after August 1966.


“Men of Winnipeg in Diamond Jubilee Sketches” Winnipeg Free Press, December 1934. [Winnipeg Elite Study, G. Friesen Fonds, Mss 154, Box 15, File 8, University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 December 2009

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