Memorable Manitobans: Richard Wellington Kenny (1878-1951)
Born at Ottawa, Ontario on 27 November 1878, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Kenny, he was trained in medicine and surgery at McGill University, graduating in 1903. He took a two-year postgraduate medical course at New York then moved to Winnipeg. During the First World War, he went overseas as a medical officer with the Canadian Army Medical Corps. Afterwards, he was a medical officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (1920-1947) and surgeon with the Canadian Pacific Railway (1919-1944).
On 8 June 1909, he married Harriette Anne Lally Howell (1879-1949, daughter of Hector Mansfield Howell) and they had three children: Harriette Ann Kenny (1911-1958), Richard Mansfield Kenny (1912-1934), and Morna Kenny (1920-?). He was a Justice of the Peace, a member of the Winnipeg Jockey Club, and a President of the Winnipeg Horticultural Society (1933).
He died at his Winnipeg home, 1144 Grosvenor Avenue, on 24 October 1951 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.
Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.
“Winnipeg youth loses life in Pelican Lake,” Winnipeg Tribune, 23 July 1934, page 6.
“City surgeon, Dr. R. W. Kenny, dies at 72,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 October 1951, page 35.
“Dr. R. W. Kenny, prominent surgeon, dies at home,” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 October 1951. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10]
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 3 April 2021