Memorable Manitobans: Thomas William Leslie (1861-1947)
Furniture merchant, civil servant.
Born at Spencerville, Ontario in 1861, son of Thomas Leslie (1822-?) and Mary Wilson (?-?), he came to Winnipeg in 1882 and worked for five years for the Canadian Pacific Railway before joining his brother John Leslie in the furniture business of Leslie Brothers. On 29 July 1889, he married Mary Edna Anderson (1868-1928, daughter of fur trader James Anderson) at Winnipeg and they had a son, Vivian A. Leslie (1895-?). During the First World War, he served as a Captain and Quartermaster with the 100th Battalion Winnipeg Grenadiers. In 1917, he was appointed by the Norris government to be Superintendent of the newly-built Legislative Building and purchase furniture and interior equipment for it. He retired in 1933 and moved to New York City to live with his son. He died there on 8 June 1947 and his cremains were buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Mrs. T. W. Leslie dies following long illness,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 November 1928, page 3.
“Civil service members honor T. W. Leslie,” Winnipeg Tribune, 15 February 1934, page 2.
“T. W. Leslie dies in New York,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 June 1947, page 3.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 25 March 2020