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Memorable Manitobans: George Stanley Laing (1877-1942)


Born at London, Ontario on 24 September 1877, son of George and Caroline Laing, he was educated at the London College Institute. He was employed as a bank clerk at London in 1890 before coming to Winnipeg in 1896 where he was employed as an accountant with the firm of A. C. Stewart and Company and, later, the firm of Montague Aldous & Laing. He was a Director of the Canadian Brodesser Elevator Manufacturing Company, and an Auditor for the Winnipeg Stock Exchange and the Winnipeg Grain Exchange.

On 5 June 1906, he married Florence Mabel Bradshaw (?-?) of Winnipeg. They had three children: Stanley Bradshaw Laing (1907-1989, husband of Gertrude M. A. Laing), Charles Laing (1910-?), and Mrs. J. L. Mitchell. During the First World War, he enlisted in 1914 and went overseas as a Major, being wounded at Passchendaele in 1917. He was a member of the Military Institute and the Anglican Church. His recreations included football and rowing. In 1911, the family lived at 104 Scott Street, Winnipeg.

He died at the Deer Lodge Hospital on 2 March 1942 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

“Major Laing dies Monday at Deer Lodge,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 March 1942. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 111]

“Maj. G. S. Laing dies in hospital,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 March 1942, page 10.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 October 2016

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