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Memorable Manitobans: Richard Randolph Pattinson (1878-1954)

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Richard Randolph Pattinson
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Realtor, financial agent.

Born in Chatham County, Ontario on 18 December 1878, son of Harry Richard Pattison and Jennie Elizabeth Passmore, he came to Winnipeg with his parents in 1888 and was educated at local schools. He played quarterback with the first rugby team of the Winnipeg Rowing Club which won the Manitoba championship in 1902. He later went into the land and real estate business. During the First World War, he served with the 90th Winnipeg Rifles.

He was married twice, first to Ada Beatrice Byrnes (1883-1910), daughter of Henry Byrnes. They had one son, Richard Byrnes Pattinson (1910-?). After her death, he married Marjory Elgin Burch (1892-1938) in 1928. He was a member of the AF & AM (Northern Light Lodge No. 10 Scottish Rite) and a Shriner of the Khartum Temple. He twice stood, unsuccessfully, for election to the federal parliament, in 1935 and in 1949, for Winnipeg North Centre, and once for the Iberville constituency in the 1932 provincial general election.

He died at his Winnipeg home, 637 Cambridge Street, on 21 October 1954 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Canadian Expeditionary Force, Attestation papers, Library and Archives Canada.

Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“R. R. Pattinson, city realtor, dies at age 74,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 October 1954, page 41.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 October 1954, page 37.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 June 2018

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