Memorable Manitobans: Clarence Irving Keith (1908-1989)
Lawyer, judge, community activist.
Born in Winnipeg on 3 June 1908, son of Clarence Garfield Keith and Annie May Irving (1883-1961), he was active in the community both in his professional capacity and as a citizen for all his life, serving from 1964 to 1983 as the Senior County Court Judge of the Eastern Judicial District. His contributions to Winnipeg including participating in the organization and first board of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, serving on the Board of the Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg, as the Western Director of the Canadian Appeal for Children and as Western organizer of the National Clothing Collection for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. He was made a King’s Counsel in 1950.
He was active in local politics, serving on local constituency organizations and on the National Executive of the Liberal Party of Canada, as well as on the Town Council and as Major of Winnipeg Beach. He founded and was the Manager of the Winnipeg Light Opera Company and was appointed Registrar of the Board of Review of the Farmers Creditors Arrangement Act, and in 1941, served as Secretary of the District Recruiting Committee for M.D. 10.
He died at Winnipeg on 13 November 1989.
“King’s Counsel,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 January 1950, page 1.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 November 1989, page 48.
We thank Keith Turner for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Kris Keen and Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 2 November 2022