Memorable Manitobans: Arnold Parkin (1891-1948)
Businessman, municipal official.
Born at Halifax, Nova Scotia on 19 January 1891, he came to the Charleswood area of Manitoba as a boy. He later worked as a plumber and, for some years, operated a transfer business. During the First World War, he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force and served overseas.
On 3 September 1912, he married Violet Edna Smith (?-?) at Winnipeg and they subsequently had four children: Robert Arnold Parkin (1913-?), Thomas Parkin (?-?), Alma Anne Parkin (1915-?, wife of Robert Welkden), and Joyce Parkin (?-?, wife of ? Dickson). He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion (Charleswood Branch), Charleswood Curling Club, Winnipeg Sports Club (President), and St. Mary’s Anglican Church. He served as Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Charleswood, prior to its amalgamation in the City of Winnipeg, from 1936 to November 1945.
He died at the Victoria Hospital on 30 July 1948 and was buried in the St. James Cemetery. He is commemorated by Parkin Avenue in Winnipeg.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.
“Charleswood Ex-Reeve Arnold Parkin dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 July 1948.
“Arnold Parkin, ex-Charleswood Reeve, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 30 July 1948, page 2.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 July 1948.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 10 November 2022