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Memorable Manitobans: William Trevor Gwyn (1880-1944)

Businessman.

Born at Dundas, Ontario in 1880, he attended Trinity College at Port Hope. In 1902, he moved from Montreal to Winnipeg and worked for the Dominion Bank, later for the investment firm of Osler, Hammond, and Nanton until retirement in 1932. At that time, he established a brokerage office of his own. He was a director of Fisher Burpe Limited, North Star Oil, Monarch Life Assurance Company, and the Northern Canadian Mortgage Company. He was a major shareholder in the Mid-West Distillers Limited that, in the early 1930s, operated a distillery in St. Boniface. He and wife Emily Harriet Spragge (1879-1968) had three children: Charles Featherston Gwyn (1908-1969), Elizabeth Emily Gwyn (1908-1992, wife of James Arthur Harshaw), and William Trevor Gwyn (1914-1922). He died at Toronto, Ontario on 30 July 1944.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Wardlaw Apartments (544 Wardlaw Avenue, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Refinery Building / McCabe Grain Elevator and Feed Plant (542 Plinguet Street, Winnipeg)

Sources:

Birth and death registrations [William Trevor Gwyn], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Marriage registration [Charles Featherston Gwyn, Marion Benson McEachern], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Women's news section,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 March 1940, page 8.

“W. Trevor Gwyn dies in Toronto Sunday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 August 1944, page 2.

Obituary [Emily Harriet Gwyn], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 December 1968, page 26.

Obituary [Charles Featherston Gwyn], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 March 1969, page 28.

Obituary [Elizabeth Emily Harshaw], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 January 1992, page 31.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 September 2022

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