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Memorable Manitobans: George Clark Fairfield (1912-1978)

Politician, MP (1957-1958), MP (1958-1962).

Born at Winnipeg on 24 June 1912, son of Hugh Clark Fairfield and Elizabeth M. Thomason, and spent much of his childhood at Little Britain, Manitoba. In 1936, he received an MD degree from the University of Manitoba after which he became a physician and surgeon at Benito. During the Second World War, he joined the CAMC in 1940 and went overseas the next year, serving with the Motor Ambulance Convoy and as regimental medical officer for the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry. Following the war, he returned to Canada and established a general medical practice at Portage la Prairie, continuing it until retirement in 1974.

On 10 September 1938, he married Stella Madill and they had two daughters, Linda Fairfield Stechesen and Georgeanne Fairfield Jenkins. Fairfield was elected to the House of Commons for Portage-Neepawa in 1957, re-elected in 1958, but did not seek re-election in the 1962 general election. He served as President of the Manitoba Provincial Conservative Association and the Manitoba Federal Conservative Association.

He died at his home in Portage la Prairie on 9 November 1978.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

The Canadian Directory of Parliament, 1867 - 1967, edited by J. K. Johnson, Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa [Library and Archives Canada], 1968.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 10 November 1978, page 59.

We thank Connor Mah for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 October 2012

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