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Memorable Manitobans: Richard A. Fines (1871-1966)


Born in Dufferin County, Ontario in 1871, son of Norris Fines (1840-1913) and Jane Fines (1845-1921), he came to Manitoba with his family in 1874. He taught school, including service as the Principal of Stony Mountain School (1899-1901), Darlingford School (1913-1919), Balmoral School (1919-1922), and Baldur School (1922-1937). In 1910, he was one of the founders of the short-lived Darlingford Brick and Tile Company. He retired from teaching in 1937 and moved to Winnipeg. On 12 November 1902, he married Mabel Adella Willcott (1882-1931) in the RM of Rockwood. They had nine children: Elmer Russell Fines (1903-?), Clarence Fines (?-?), Ethel Irene Fines (1907-?, wife of H. Heald), Aleta Ruth Fines (1910-?, wife of D. Stephen), Gordon Richard Fines, Harvey Norris Stephen Fines (1914-1992), Cecil Clayton Fines (1916-?), Bernice Fines (1919-2015, wife of Charles McIvor), and Dorothy Fines (?-?, wife of A. Chester). He died at his Winnipeg home, 21 Roslyn Road, on 24 January 1966 and was buried in Victoria Cemetery at Balmoral.

See also:

MHS Resources: Manitoba Bricks and Blocks: Darlingford Brick and Tile Company


Birth, marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 27 January 1966, page 27.

Obituary [Bernice McIvor], Winnipeg Free Press, 16 June 2015.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 May 2020

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