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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Bruce Ross (1904-2001)

Insurance executive.

Born at Winnipeg on 29 August 1904, son of Thomas Ross (1862-?) and Mary Suttan (1878-?), he was active in the insurance industry, holding the positions of Vice-President, General Manager, and President of the Canadian Indemnity Company and Canadian Fire Insurance Company, and President of United Canadian Shares Limited. He was also involved with the Monarch Life Assurance Company, being a Director (1966-1969), Deputy Chairman (1969), and Chairman (1969-1979), succeeding William A. Johnston. He was married twice, first on 21 October 1933 to Beryl McIntosh Armstrong (1906-1972) and second to Edna Mary Cumming Scott (1910-2001). He had two daughters. He served as Chairman of the Board for the University of Winnipeg, for which he was given an honorary doctorate (1970), and was a member of the Manitoba Club (President, 1969), St. Charles Country Club, and Westminster United Church. He died at Winnipeg on 20 June 2001.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Two indemnity firms prosper,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 April 1962, page 62.

“United Canadian drops,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 January 1969, page 42.

“Monarch Life announcement,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 November 1969, page 33.

Obituary [Beryl McIntosh Ross], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 May 1972, page 33.

“Monarch Life,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 January 1979, page 53.

Obituary [Edna Mary Ross], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 March 2001.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 June 2001, page 37.

We thank James Arnett for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 May 2017

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