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Memorable Manitobans: Cecil “Cec” Lenton (1904-1983)

Steamboat captain.

Born at Selkirk on 7 May 1904, son of Frederick H. Lenton (1858-1939) and Marion Eliza Smith (1869-?), he began commercial fishing at the age of 14 and was employed with Brown and Rutherford where he was the Master (c1939-?) of the SS Amelia Mac. He received his captain’s papers in 1939 and went on to serve in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War, where he rose to Chief Petty Officer. Following the war, he worked for the Federal Department of Public Works (c1947-1968) at Waterways, Alberta until his retirement. During the winter off-season, in his early years he worked hauling freight in the north, and later, he worked in funeral homes for 30 years, at Langrill Funeral Home and Gilbart Funeral Home in Selkirk. He was a member of Christ Anglican Church in Selkirk. He married Eleanor Caroline Mayo (c1913-1987), had no children, and lived at 311 Stanley Avenue in Selkirk, where he later died on 24 November 1983.

Sources:

Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Deaths and funerals [Mrs. Marion Eliza Lenton],” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 April 1940, page 6.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 November 1983, page 66.

Obituary [Eleanor Caroline Lenton], Winnipeg Free Press, 29 July 1987, page 42.

Amelia Mac - Articles of agreement and ship’s log, Library and Archives Canada.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 2 June 2014

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