Memorable Manitobans: Edmund Charles Radiger [Radigar] Pritchard (1876-1966)
Born at Winnipeg on 23 January 1876, son of Archibald Pritchard (1824-1910) and Emily Mary Else (1836-1923) and grandson of Selkirk Settler John Pritchard, he entered the ministry. He began his work as Rector (1901-1906) of the St. George’s Anglican Church congregation at Birtle. On 3 October 1906, he married Alice Hawthorne Churchill Rees (1877-1971) at Swanage, Dorset, England and had four children: Joan Gwendolyn Pritchard (1907-2008), Nancy May Pritchard (1909-1993), Cuthbert Rees [Rees Cuthbert] Pritchard (1911-2005), and Hugh Charles Pritchard (1916-2003).
In late 1906, he returned to Winnipeg as Rector of St. Cuthbert’s Anglican Church, preaching his first sermon there on 10 January 1907. He remained with the congregation until his final sermon on 4 November 1922. He and his family then moved to Vancouver, British Columbia. From 1926 to 1943, he served as Rector of the St. Clement’s Episcopal Church at Seattle, Washington, after which he returned to British Columbia, residing at Crescent Beach. After a fall at his Crescent Beach residence, he spent a brief time convalescing at White Rock.
He died at the Carrier Guest Home in White Rock on 10 December 1966 and was buried in Surrey Centre Cemetery at Surrey, British Columbia.
Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.
“All Canada in this column [Western Canada; Rev. E. C. Pritchard],” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 November 1906, page 5.
“Calls for ‘Rally’ on reconstruction,” Winnipeg Tribune, 14 December 1918, page 25.
“New Rector for Elmwood,” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 October 1923, page 2.
“Rector given parting gifts,” Winnipeg Tribune, 2 November 1923.
“Parishioners farewell St. Cuthbert's Rector,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 November 1923, page 2.
“St. Cuthbert’s pays respects to first Rector,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 May 1951, page 13.
Edmundson family tree, Ancestry.
Carley family tree, Ancestry.
We thank Rees Pritchard for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 27 August 2020