Memorable Manitobans: Robert Henry Home (1862-1944)
Civil servant, farmer.
Born at Toronto, Ontario on 26 June 1862, son of Scottish immigrants Henry Home and Ann Campbell, he was educated at Toronto schools. In his early life, he did legal work with the Toronto firm of H. D. Gamble then did journalist work with The Globe newspaper. In 1883, he came to Virden where he farmed for some years, entering government service in 1891. For two years, he assisted Judge Killam in revising legal statutes then he was Clerk of the Commission for Revision. In 1892, on the appointment of D. McLean as Sheriff of the Central Judicial District, he was appointed Deputy Sheriff. He served in this capacity for eight years, after which he retired and farmed in the Portage district and operated a brokerage and grain business at Portage. He was appointed Sheriff in January 1916 and served until retirement in July 1939.
In 1887, he married Flora Effie Cameron (1861-1946) and they had six children: Laverne Stanley Home (b 1888), Blanche Alice Home (b 1890), John C. Home (c 1894), Edith Maud Home (b 1899), Henry Robert Home (b 1903), and Margaret Ann Home (b 1905). He was a member of the AF & AM (Blue Lodge, Royal Arch), IOOF, Methodist Church, and Delta Beach Association. He was a member of the Portage School Board, and served a term as its Chairman.
He retired to British Columbia in 1939, where he died at Burnaby on 17 March 1944 and was buried in the Portage Hillside Cemetery. He is commemorated by Home Street in Winnipeg.
Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.
Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.
Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.
“R. H. Home dies at New Westminster,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 March 1944, page 2.
“Mrs. Robert H. Home,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 April 1946, page 7.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 31 October 2013