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Memorable Manitobans: Vincent Leah (1913-1993)

Journalist.

Born at Winnipeg on 29 November 1913, son of Francis and Bridget Leah, he contracted polio at age eight. He was educated at Ralph Brown School and Isaac Newton School. He joined the Winnipeg Tribune in 1930 and was a sportswriter there for 50 years. He coached hockey and other sports, especially soccer, and was a constant booster of community sports. Leah became a columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press in 1980 and also wrote for Seniors Today. He wrote eight books on local and Manitoba history, including West of the River: The Story of West Kildonan (1970), Pages from the Past (1975), A History of the Blue Bombers (1979), and Alarm of Fire: 100 Years of Firefighting in Winnipeg, 1882-1982 (1982).

Leah received numerous awards through the years, including a Manitoba Golden Boy Award (1962) and a Centennial Medal of Honour (1970). The University of Winnipeg gave him an honorary doctorate in 1985. He was inducted into the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt (1959), Order of Canada (1980), Winnipeg Citizens Hall of Fame (1994), and the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. Three Winnipeg streets and the Vince Leah Community Centre have been named for him. He received a Distinguished Service Award from Heritage Winnipeg.

He died at Winnipeg on 9 August 1993 and was buried in Glen Eden Memorial Garden.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Margaret Park Community Centre / Vince Leah Recreation Centre / Beryl Watts Park (1295 Salter Street, Winnipeg)

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 August 1993, page 26.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 January 2015

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