Memorable Manitobans: George Hepworth Lockwood (1923-2002)
Born at Yorkshire, England on 18 April 1923, son of George Lockwood and Phoebe Bradburn, he attended the Kings School at Yorkshire before joining the Royal Air Force as Flying Officer (1943 to 1947). After the war, he completed his BA and MA degrees at University College, Oxford. He then spent several years as a business executive and manager in London and Kenya where he also taught high school (1950 to 1953). He was a Colonial Service Officer in Kenya (1953 to 1957), leaving to complete his barrister-at-law degree at Lincolns Inn London.
In 1958, he moved to Winnipeg and was called to the Manitoba Bar. He practiced with the firms of Guy, Chappell, Guy, Wilson & Coghlin (1958 to 1961), Pitblado & Hoskin (1961 to 1966), and Fillmore & Riley (1966 to 1978). He was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1975. In 1978, he was appointed as a Judge of the County Court and Surrogate Court of Manitoba and to the Court of Queen’s Bench in 1984, on which he served until retirement in 1994.
He served as President of The John Howard Society of Canada, President of Amnesty International Canada, President of the International Commission of Jurists (Canadian Section), Director of the Canadian Judges Conference, Bencher of the Law Society of Manitoba, a member of the National Council for the Canadian Bar Association, a Director for Legal Aid Manitoba and the Legal Research Institute at the University of Manitoba, Commissioner of the Manitoba Law Reform Commission, Director of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, President of Alliance Francaise du Manitoba, National Councillor of the Canadian Human Rights Foundation, and Fellow, Foundation for Research, Legal Research.
In 1990, he received the Chevalier of the Legion of Honour (France).
He died at Sidney, British Columbia on 13 June 2002.
“Manitoba names 9 new QCs,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1975, page 43.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 June 2002.
“They will never be forgotten,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2002, pages A8-A9.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 27 June 2015
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