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Memorable Manitobans: Alistair A. Riddell (1930-2021)


Born near Glasgow, Scotland on 11 February 1930, his father's work with a shipping company took his family to Kobe, Japan. Tension in the leadup to the Second World War led them to move to Vancouver, British Columbia and later to Montreal, Quebec. After completing high school in Scotland, he studied naval engineering at the University of Glasgow and was an engineer aboard a Royal Navy vessel for two years before entering McGill University to study theology. After graduation in 1962 from the McGill United Theological College, he was ordained into the United Church of Canada. His 33-year career included service at Elgin United Church (1962-1967, as well as Regent and Fairfax United in a three-point charge), Killarney (1967-1981, with Lena and Roland), Morden (1981-1990), and Rivers United Church (1990-1995). He retired to Winnipeg in 1995 but continued to do supply ministry at various communities in southern Manitoba. In June 1961, he married Helen Rowley and they had three children. He died at Winnipeg on 6 March 2021.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 March 2021.

Obituary, Voyage Funeral Home & Crematorium.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 March 2021

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