Memorable Manitobans: Thomas J. “Tom” Rice (1939-2015)
Born at Brandon in 1939, son of Ephraim Samuel John Rice and Gladys Leitha Wilcox, at the age of 15 he began working part-time at Safeway then became full-time after high school graduation. He later moved to Edmonton, Alberta where he was a retail store supervisor and distribution manager for Western Grocers. In 1963, he returned to Brandon as a salesman for Canadian Motors then, two years later, he joined the Codville Group. He was a councillor for the Alcoholism Foundation of Manitoba from 1966 to 1969. Recognizing the need for a halfway centre at Brandon, he worked to establish Matheson House and established an Alcoholism Advisory Board for Western Manitoba. In 1969, he joined the Crown Life Insurance Company and moved to Winnipeg, later founding the T. J. Rice and Associates insurance brokerage. This was the precursor for Rice Capital Management, Rice Financial Group, and Independent Wealth Advantage as subsidiaries of the Jovian Capital Corporation.
He was a Director for the Bank of Canada from 2005 to 2009, and assisted with fundraising on behalf of Manitoba Harvest, Big Brothers and Sisters, Child Find Manitoba, and the Brandon General Hospital. He served on the Board for the Brandon University Foundation. In recognition of his community service, he received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
He died at Winnipeg in September 2015.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 September 2015.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 24 September 2016
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