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Memorable Manitobans: Francis Bastin “Frank” Lamont (1933-1998)

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Francis Bastin Lamont
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Lawyer, businessman.

Born at Winnipeg in March 1933, son of John Salmon Lamont and May Bastin (1890-1950), he was raised in Headingley and attended Headingley School, Laura Secord School and Gordon Bell High School before attending the University of Manitoba (BA, 1953). He started rowing in 1953 and won a Rhodes Scholarship in 1956, later rowing for Oxford. He worked for the Aikins law firm from 1960 to 1963 then he joined James Richardson and Sons, first as a one-man legal department and eventually as President and Chief Executive Officer.

He and wife Judy had four children, including Liberal politician Dougald Lamont. He was active on the boards of community cultural organizations (Rainbow Stage, Winnipeg Symphony, YMCA) and was the Liberal candidate for Winnipeg Centre in the 1962 provincial general election. He served on a sports committee of the Manitoba Centennial Corporation. In later years he often consulted abroad for CIDA and CESO.

He died on 13 November 1998 and was buried in Holy Trinity Cemetery at Headingley.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Robertson House (47 Harvard Avenue, Winnipeg)

Sources:

History of Headingley & Phoenix Schools: 1856-1974 by Mrs. N. Ramsay, St. James Assiniboia School Division, 1974.

“They are gone, but not forgotten,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 1998, page A4.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Dougald Lamont-Manitoba Liberal Leader chef du parti Libéral du Manitoba, Facebook.

We thank Oliver Bernuetz for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 September 2020

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