Memorable Manitobans: William A. Ducker (1852-1923)
Engineer, civil servant.
Born near Port Elgin, Ontario on 4 April 1852, he received a degree in civil engineering from the University of Toronto and came to Manitoba in 1882. His first job was laying out town sites for the Canadian Pacific Railway, which he did until 1889. For several years after that, he was swamp lands commissioner for the Canadian government. He then spent two years as managing director of the Winnipeg plantation near Bluefields, Nicaragua. Upon his return to Manitoba he was employed by the Manitoba Department of Public Works where he remained until his death.
He was married three times: Martha Agnes Clifford (1861-1888), Mary Catherine Lamont (1863-1896), and Annie Lamont (1872-1903). He had three daughters: Mallie Bruce Ducker (b 1888, Mrs. Charles Milburn), Stella May Ducker (b 1891), and Eva Irene Ducker (b 1894, Mrs. Kenneth George Burns). He was president of the Association of Manitoba Land Surveyors in 1898 and 1899. He was an active Mason, being master of district deputy of Ionic Lodge No. 25.
He died at Winnipeg on 2 June 1923 and was buried in St. Johns Cemetery.
Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Prominent Civil Engineer Is Dead” Newspaper clipping, no source. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]
“Well Known Western Engineer Passes Away” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 June 1923, page 5.
Page revised: 1 February 2009
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