Memorable Manitobans: Alfred Percy Paget (1874-1960)
Born at Bath, Somersetshire, England on 17 January 1874, son of George Paget and Emma Vosper, he was educated at the Merchants Venturers College at Bristol. He came to Winnipeg in 1912 and took work with the Confederation Life Company. In 1913, he was appointed Secretary of the Charities Endorsement Bureau of Winnipeg. In 1918, he was appointed Secretary of the Mother’s Allowances Commission coupled with the Secretaryship of the PublicWelfare Commission (1917-1920). In 1924 was appointed Director of Child Welfare for the Province of Manitoba, and later added responsibilities for Vital Statistics. He was also a member of the Federated Budget Board and President of the Canadian Council of Child Welfare.
On 28 September 1903, he married Minnie Webb. They had three children: Arnold Paget, Elaine Paget (wife of L. S. Raycraft), and Vida Paget (wife of C. Burton Stewart). During the First World War, he assisted in the organization and administration of the Patriotic Fund. His residence at 229 Park Boulevard, Winnipeg was designed in 1925 by local architect G. C. Parfitt. He was a member of the Winnipeg Garrison Club, Badminton Club, All Saints’ Tennis Club, Masons (Prince Rupert Lodge No. 1), and the United Church of Canada.
He retired from work in 1939 and moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where he died on 2 November 1960.
Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.
Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.
“A. Percy Paget, 86, dies in Vancouver,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 November 1960, page 4.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 9 June 2016
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