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Memorable Manitobans: Rupert Cambourne Reece (1894-1951)

Grain merchant.

was born in North Wales, the son of an Anglican Clergyman and Canon of St Asaph Cathedral. He came to Winnipeg in 1912 to work for a Liverpool grain company. During World War One he served with the Welsh Fusiliers. He was President of the St. David’s Society of Winnipeg 1934-35 and President of the Winnipeg Grain Exchange from 1935 to 1936. In 1941 he was appointed honorary director of Canadian Legion War Services. In 1942 he was appointed Chair of the Dependents’ Advisory Committee for Manitoba, and his elder son Michael was killed on active service in North Africa. In 1943 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to the Dominion Council for British Empire Service League. He moved to London, England in 1946, and died there at the age of 57 in 1951.

An entertaining account of him, written by his younger son, David Chalmer Reece, appears in A Rich Broth ... Memoirs of a Canadian Diplomat by Carleton University Press (1993).


This profile was prepared by Keith Jones.

Page revised: 28 October 2011

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