Memorable Manitobans: Mark Fortune (1847-1912)
Real estate developer.
Born in Wentworth County, Ontario on 2 November 1847, and was educated there, he came to Winnipeg in 1874 and established a real estate business in 1878, erecting many buildings on Portage Avenue. He served on the Winnipeg City Council from 1879 to 1881, and again in 1883. In 1886 he was a Liberal candidate in the constituency of Woodlands but was defeated.
He married Mary McDougald (1851-1929) in Winnipeg. They had six children: Robert William Hamilton Fortune (1877-1965), Clara Alma Fortune (1879-1964, wife of Heber C. Hutton), Ethel Flora Fortune (1883-1961, wife of Crawford Gordon Sr., mother of Crawford Gordon), Alice Elizabeth Fortune (1887-1961, wife of C. H. Allen), Mabel Helen Fortune (1888-1968, wife of Harrison Archer Driscoll), and Charles Alexander Fortune (1892-1912).
He was an ardent curler (President, Granite Curling Club, 1894-1896) and active member of Knox Presbyterian Church. He served a single term on the Winnipeg School Board (1878) and was President of the St. Andrew’s Society of Winnipeg (1897-1898). He was a founder of the Winnipeg Real Estate Board, in 1903. He was a founding member, in 1905, of the St. Charles Country Club. In 1911 he built a huge mansion at 393 Wellington Crescent.
Fortune lost his life when the Titanic sank on 15 April 1912. He is commemorated by Fortune Street in Winnipeg.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.
Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.
Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.
Mark Fortune, Geni.
We thank James Arnett and Rick Mutton for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 29 May 2022