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Memorable Manitobans: William Bertram “Bert” Lowe (1881-1952)

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William B. Lowe
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Typographer, municipal official.

Born at Birmingham, England in 1881, he came to Winnipeg in 1903 and worked successively as a compositor at the Winnipeg Telegram and Winnipeg Tribune. He was also the Secretary of the Winnipeg Typographers Union. He retired in May 1951. For many years, he was a delegate to the Winnipeg Trades and Labour Council and he represented the International Typographical Union at the annual conventions of the Trades and Labour Congress of Canada. He served on the Winnipeg City Council from 1929 to 1930, and from 1933 to 1936. He also served several years on the Municipal Hospital Board (two years as Acting Chairman) and the Winnipeg Parks Board (1940). On 28 June 1911, he married Mary Florence Banning (?-1966) in the RM of Rosser and they subsequently had two children. He died at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital on 6 December 1952 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.

Sources:

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Henderson’s Winnipeg Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

“Ex-alderman, ITU official dies at 71,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 December 1952, page 8.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 December 1952, page 26.

Obituary [Mary Florence Lowe], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 January 1966, page 26.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 June 2014

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