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Memorable Manitobans: Albert Seymour Doyle (1865-1954)

Merchant, municipal official.

Born at Halifax, Nova Scotia on 24 May 1865, son of Phillip Doyle and Sarah McLeod, he came with his family to Manitoba in 1883. He joined “A” Company of the 90th Rifles on their organization in December 1883 and served in the 1885 North West Rebellion, being Senior Corporal of “A” Company. He learned the furniture and cabinetry business in Winnipeg then moved to Carman in 1889 where he opened a furniture business. He later expanded the business to include a funeral home, and operated Doyle’s Funeral Chapel for over 60 years.

On 12 October 1892, he married Emma Tomlin (?-1964) of Brandon, sister-in-law of William Bell. They had four children: Edna Lilian Doyle (b 1893), Clarence Nelson Doyle (b 1895), Gladys Doyle (b 1896), and Beatrice Irene Doyle (b 1903). He was a member of the Carman town council for three years and served as Mayor of Carman in 1925. He also served on the Carman School Board. He was a member of the Masons (Worshipful Master of Oakland Lodge No. 69) and the IOOF (Grand Master and Grand Representative). He was an Elder in the Presbyterian Church for many years.

He died at Carman on 27 January 1954 and was buried in the Carman Cemetery.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“Former Mayor dies at Carman,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 January 1954.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 January 1954.

Obituary [Emma Doyle], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 January 1964.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 January 2016

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