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Memorable Manitobans: Albert Walmsley Kirvan (1870-1952)

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Albert Walmsley Kirvan
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Farmer, MLA (1921-1922), MLA (1923-1927).

Born at Meaford, Ontario on 21 January 1870, he worked as an electrician before coming to Manitoba around 1916. He farmed in the Hilbre area and was elected by a one-vote majority to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1920 general election, for the Fairford constituency. He was re-elected at the 1922 general election. In the 1927 and 1932 general elections, he was defeated by Stuart S. Garson.

He was married twice, first on 29 June 1898 to Maude Eugenia Hanes (c1880-1922) with whom he had three children: Reginald Stewart Kirvan (1900-1939), Charles Norman Kirvan (1902-1968), and Audrey Kirvan (1904-?, wife of B. P. Lanius). On 10 September 1927, he married Beatrice Florence Ellicott (c1893-1976) and they had two children: Orvilla “Orvie” Kirvin (wife of Don S. Ellis) and Robert A. “Bob” Kirvan.

He retired from farming around 1941 and moved to Winnipeg where he died at his home, 236 Queenston Street, on 6 May 1951. He was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Sources:

Ontario marriage and death registrations, Ancestry.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Two killed, 7 injured in week-end mishaps,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 August 1939, page 3.

Obituary [Reginald S. Kirvan], Winnipeg Tribune, 23 August 1939, page 4.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 May 1951, page 12.

“Frank Dojacek funeral set for Wednesday,” Winnipeg Tribune, 7 May 1951. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10]

Obituary [Beatrice F. Kirvan], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 September 1976, page 32.

Obituary [Maureen Audrey McLeod], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 February 1992, page 29.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 February 2020

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