Memorable Manitobans: Robert Love (1878-1956)
Businessman, community activist.
Born at Kincardine, Ontario on 23 May 1878, he came to Melita where he operated a shoemaking, leatherworking, and harness-making business (c1901-1939) and later an insurance agency until retirement in 1939.
On 4 August 1903, he married Florence Jane Brownell (1884-1963) in the RM of Cameron and they had three children: Robert Joseph “Bert” Love (1905-1989), Harriett Elizabeth Love (1908-1981, wife of Harry Blake Crothers), and Eleanor Mary Yvonne Love (1912-1968). He was an active member of Victoria United Church, being Superintendent of its Sunday School (1934-1946), and the Odd Fellows, serving as Grand Master and Grand Patriarch. He was also a Melita municipal councillor (1928-1929), clerk of the Melita county court, and Secretary of the Manitoba School Trustees Association (1926-1956).
He died at Melita on 9 February 1956 and was buried in the Melita Cemetery.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Marriage registration [Robert Love, Florence Jane Brownell], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Birth registrations [Robert Joseph Love, Harriett Elizabeth Love, Eleanor Mary Yvonne Love], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Marriage registration [Harriett Elizabeth Love, Harry Blake Crothers], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Trustees’ secretary honored on retirement,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 January 1956, page 33.
“County clerk of Melita dies at 76,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 February 1956, page 10.
Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 10 February 1956, page 10.
Our First Century: Town of Melita and Municipality of Arthur by Melita-Arthur History Committee, 1983.
Death registrations [Eleanor Mary Yvonne Love, Harriett Elizabeth Crothers, Robert Joseph Love], British Columbia Vital Statistics.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 16 March 2023