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Memorable Manitobans: James Ignatius Morkin (1882-1971)

Lawyer, judge.

Born at Lucan, Ontario on 10 January 1882, he came to Manitoba in 1905 and taught at Tamarisk School (1906-1908). He took a law degree from the University of Toronto then was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1913 and practiced for a year with the firm of McCallister and McCallum. In 1914, he started his own firm and practiced until 1949, when he was appointed a County Court judge. He was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1929. He retired in 1956. He was married to Catherine M. Morkin (1885-1964). Active in sports, he served as President of the Winnipeg Senior Baseball Association, Canadian Amateur Athletic Association, and Manitoba Athletic Association. He was also Chairman of the Manitoba Boxing Commission and a Vice-President of the Canadian Olympic Association. He died at Winnipeg on 20 April 1971 and was buried in the St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Obituary [Catherine M. Morkin], Winnipeg Tribune, 12 February 1964, page 133.

“Judge Morkin dies at 88,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 April 1971, page 18.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 September 2019

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