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Memorable Manitobans: Rupert Cambourne Reece (1894-1951)

Grain merchant.

Born in North Wales in 1894, 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 the First World War, he served with the Welsh Fusiliers. He was President of the St. David’s Society of Winnipeg (1934-1935), President of the Winnipeg Grain Exchange (1935-1936), and a member of the Advisory Committee to the Canadian Wheat Board (1940-1946). During the Second World War, he was appointed honorary director of Canadian Legion War Services (1941) and Chair of the Dependents’ Advisory Committee for Manitoba (1942). 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).

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This page was prepared by Keith Jones and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 July 2019

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