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Memorable Manitobans: Albert Townsend “Bert” Hawley (1877-1960)

Lawyer, businessman.

Born in Ontario on 14 January 1877, son of Vernon Hawley, he was educated at Napanee and Queen’s University, receiving an Arts degree from the latter in 1897. He came to Winnipeg in 1899 and was a Professor of Greek at Wesley College from 1900 to 1912. He then studied law with C. P. Wilson and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1913. He was later made a Queen’s Counsel. He worked for the Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company for 30 years and was its President at the time of his death. He was married twice, first on 5 July 1910 to Zoe Maud Pentland (1884-1939, daughter of Thomas H. Pentland) and second in 1942 to Rebecca Ann Bower (1911-2011), daughter of Thomas T. Bower. He died at Fargo, North Dakota on 8 September 1960 and was buried in the St. John’s Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death registration [Zoe Maud Hawley], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“A. T. Hawley, insurance firm president dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 September 1960, page 6.

Obituary [Rebecca Ann Hawley], Winnipeg Free Press 9 September 2011, page 33.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 December 2016

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