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Memorable Manitobans: Raymond E. “Ray” Howard (1935-1986)

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Raymond E. Howard
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Businessman, municipal official.

Born on 20 March 1935, son of Richard “Dick” Howard (1910-1984) and Ethel Freda Fisher (1911-1998), his childhood was spent near Oak Point, Vivian, and at Gimli. He began a business career with the Hudson’s Bay Company in northern Ontario, moving to Birtle in 1955 to take a job with the local Co-op. He and his wife later operated ladies wear and grocery stores there. On 3 August 1956, he married Margaret “Margie” Robertson (1930-?) and they had three children. He served as Mayor of Birtle (1970-1983), President of the Union of Manitoba Municipalities (1980-1981), President of the Birtle Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Manitoba Municipal Board. He died at Birtle on 4 July 1986 and was buried in the Birtle Cemetery.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Richard Howard], Winnipeg Free Press, 14 July 1984, page 55.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 July 1986, page 21.

“Highlights,” Birtle Eye-Witness, 7 January 1987, page 4.

Obituary [Ethel Freda Howard], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 June 1998, page 37.

Passing It On: RM of Town of Birtle History, 1884-2009 by RM & Town of Birtle History Committee, 2009, page 424.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Linda Glover for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 January 2021

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