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Memorable Manitobans: Edward Charles Ransby (1884-1972)

Businessman, athlete.

Born at Toronto, Ontario in October 1884, he came to Winnipeg in 1904 where he demonstrated his dedication to the city. After working for one of Canada’s leading mortgage companies, in 1923, he became Secretary of the Winnipeg Real Estate Board, a position he occupied for twenty-five years. His decision to attend the University of Chicago to take a special course on appraisals led him to become a member of the Society of Residential Appraisers and the Appraisals Institute of Canada. He was also said to have prepared one of the most comprehensive reference files on real estate in North America.

Ransby was an avid sportsman and played for one of Winnipeg’s early baseball teams, the Mets. He was also a member of the Winnipeg Rowing Club and played soccer. In his later years, he became an active gardener and received an award for his property in Wildwood Park (1947). He was also a member of the Secretaries Council of National Association of Real Estate Boards, the Winnipeg Building Commission, the Elks and the Kiwanis Club, the Masonic Lodge and the Fort Garry United Church. Along with Jim Neilson and Walter Robertson, he formed the Winnipeg Athletic Association. He also co-headed the Beautify Winnipeg Campaign with W. D. Law (circa 1929).

He married Maude Beatrice Ransby. The couple had one son, Ross, and three daughters, Betty, Mrs. Fred Wood, and Mrs. O. Eggerton.

He died on 18 December 1972 at the age of 88. He was buried in a family plot at the Garry Memorial Park.


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Old-time real estate expert says Winnipeg “friendliest city,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 February 1948. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 7]

Winnipeg Free Press, 28 February 1959, page 49.

Obituary [Maude Beatrice Ransby], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 December 1962, page 31.

Obituary [Edward Charles Ransby], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 December 1972, page 28.

This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden.

Page revised: 20 February 2012

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