Memorable Manitobans: Arthur Robert Maunders (1877-1941)
Born at Brussels, Ontario on 10 July 1877, son of Henry Thomas Maunders (1843-1901) and Mary Ann McQuarrie (1848-1928), he attended school at Brussels and Listowel, with graduation from Belleville Albert College and Victoria College [Toronto]. He was twice married, first at Winnipeg to Jean Wallace Park (1880-1912) on 3 January 1907, with whom he had a daughter, Ella Norah Maunders (1908-1991, wife of Howard John Reynolds). His second marriage, to Jean Cowe Lochian (1886-1959), took place at Pipestone on 24 June 1913 and he had three additional children: Roberta Maunders (1920-2004), Margaret Lothian Maunders (1923-1923), and Thomas Fulton “Tom” Maunders (1925-1992).
Ordained by the Bay of Quine Methodist Conference in 1910, he was involved in the Methodist Conference (later United Church) for over three decades, spending many years in western Canada. He served at numerous churches, including at Theodore (1902) and Lanigan (1909-1910) in Saskatchewan and at Pipestone (1911-1912), Holland (1913-1916), Melita (1917-1920), Hartney (1922-1923), and Gordon Methodist Church / Gordon United Church (1924-1927). He was then posted to Grace High United Church (1928-1932) at Portage la Prairie, after which he returned to Ontario as Minister at Knox United Church (1933-1938) in Kenora, along with churches at Elora (1939) and Cainsville (1940-1941) of the Hamilton Conference.
He suffered a stroke at his Cainsville church pulpit on 22 June 1941 and died at Brantford several weeks later, on 25 August 1941. He was buried in the Brussels Cemetery.
Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“News of the Suburbs [Elmwood, Rev. A.R. Maunders],” Winnipeg Tribune, 12 July 1924, page 6.
“New Pastor begins new duties Sunday,” Winnipeg Tribune, 16 August 1924, page 8.
“Reception for Pastor,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 September 1924, page 9.
“Conceptions of life subject of sermon,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 January 1927, page 14.
“Churches arrange jubilee services [Presentation to Rev. A. R. Maunders ...],” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 July 1927, page 12.
“Former Pastor of West dies in Brantford,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 August 1941, page 16.
“Maunders - Hopper wedding ceremony held at Brandon,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 August 1950, page 12.
Obituary, United Church - Hamilton Conference Minutes, 1942. [Reynolds / Maunders family tree, Ancestry].
Obituary [Roberta Jean Maunders], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 August 2004, page 10.
Death registrations [Thomas Fulton Maunders], British Columbia Vital Statistics.
Reynolds / Maunders family tree, Ancestry.
Brussels Cemetery, FindAGrave.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 14 October 2017
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