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Memorable Manitobans: Roger James Hansell (1929-2019)


Born at Winnipeg on 25 June 1929, second child of Herbert John Hansell (1892-1967) and Alice Daisy Hansell (1892-1977), he attended Champlain School, Queenston School, Robert H. Smith School, Kelvin High School, University of Manitoba, and the Manitoba Law School, graduating from the latter in 1954. He pursued a military career while completing his university education, holding the rank of Captain in the Army Reserves by the age of 20. He was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1954 and joined the law firm of Aikins, MacAulay, Moffatt, Dickson, Hinch and McGavin (later Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson), practicing until retirement in 2008. In 1960, he married Nora Thorvaldson (?-1997), daughter of Solmundur Thorvaldson, and they had four children. He was a member of the Winnipeg Winter Club, Manitoba Club, and St. Charles Country Club. He died at Winnipeg on 13 February 2019.


“Roger Hansell called to bar,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 May 1954, page 21.

Obituary [Herbert John Hansell], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 March 1968, page 40.

Obituary [Alice Daisy Hansell], Winnipeg Free Press, 2 July 1977, page 46.

Obituary [Nora Jean Hansell], Winnipeg Free Press, 29 June 1997, page 22.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 February 2019.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 February 2019

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