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Memorable Manitobans: Reginald Otto Lissaman (1908-1974)

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Reginald Otto Lissaman
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MLA (1950-1953), MLA (1954-1957), MLA (1958-1959), MLA (1959-1962), MLA (1963-1966), MLA (1966-1969).

Born at Brandon on 24 April 1908, son of Frank Cecil Lissaman (1870-1954) and Annie Katharine Wiener (1872-1954), he was first elected to the Manitoba Legislature at a by-election on 21 January 1952 and was re-elected at the general elections in 1953, 1958, 1959, 1962, and 1966. In 1967, he returned a Canadian Centennial Medal that he had been given earlier that year, in protest for the medal having also been given to Quebec separatists. On 20 April 1931, he married Martha Beatrice Kennedy (?-1980) at Brandon. He died on 14 August 1974, a few weeks after being inducted into the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt for his efforts in the development of the International Peace Garden. He was buried in the Brandon Municipal Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1956.

“No source of pride,” The Roblin Review, 23 November 1967, page 4.

“Tribute paid to former Brandon MLA,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 August 1974. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B16, page 246]

Members of the Legislative Assembly (deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 January 2018

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