Memorable Manitobans: Llewellyn James “Lou” Reycraft (1868-1956)
Born in Kent County, Ontario on 20 June 1868, he received his legal education at Osgoode Hall (Toronto) then practiced law at Ridgetown, Ontario in 1896. In March 1913 he was appointed solicit and counsel for the Manitoba District of the Canadian Pacific Railway, and counsel for the Saskatchewan District. He was made a King’s Counsel in May 1918. He retired in 1939 as Head of the Canadian Pacific Railway’s legal department western region.
He and wife Marion Evelyn Switzer (c1882-1967) had two sons, Llewellyn Switzer Reycraft (?-1972, husband of Katherine Elaine Paget, son-in-law of Alfred Percy Paget) and Gladwyn Switzer Reycraft. He was a past master of the Masonic Lodge, a member of the Board of Stewards and Court of Session of St. Stephen’s-Broadway United Church, Chairman of the Board of Regents of United College, and member of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Bar Association. He was awarded an honorary degree at the 75th anniversary of United College, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Manitoba (1946). He served as President of the Canadian Club of Winnipeg (1929-1930).
He died at Winnipeg on 6 July 1956 and was buried in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto.
Who's Who and Why, Volumes 6 and 7, 1915-1916, page 513.
“Winnipeg’s new King’s Counsel,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 May 1918, page 7.
“L. J. Reycraft, ex-CPR legal official dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 July 1956.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 July 1956.
Obituary [Marion Evelyn Reycraft], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 October 1967, page 36.
Obituary [Llewellyn S. Reycraft], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 October 1972, page 80.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 8 March 2023