Memorable Manitobans: John Hunter “Jack” Restall (1916-1983)
Born at Winnipeg on 4 September 1916, eldest son of Sidney and Jennie Restall, he was educated at Luxton School, Machray School, St. John’s High School, Wesley College, and the Manitoba Law School, then was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1940 after articling with Edgar Trick.
He enlisted in the Canadian Army and served during the Second World War in France, Holland, Belgium, and Germany. He returned to Winnipeg in 1946 and began a private law practice. He was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1967. He was called to the Bar of the North West Territories and served as a Territorial Magistrate while continuing his practice at Winnipeg.
An active member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, he was a candidate in the 1949 federal election. He was a member of the Order of DeMolay, AF & AM (King Edward Lodge No. 93), Khartum Shrine, Tabernacle Baptist Church, St. Johns Curling Club, Grain Exchange Curling Club, and Assiniboine AA.
He died at Winnipeg on 9 February 1983 and was buried in St. John’s Anglican Cemetery. His honorary pallbearers were Jack Carlton, Dan Linney, Syd Foreman, D. L. Campbell, Walter Dowhan, Murray Smith, Bill Kirk, Ralph Kelly, Ken Stark, and Howard Stover.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 February 1983, page 61.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 25 March 2017
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