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Memorable Manitobans: William James Rumsey (1924-2001)

Community activist, municipal official.

Born at Fort William, Ontario on 29 April 1924, son of William Charles Rumsey and Mae Cecilia Ryan, he attended Mount Carmel School until he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Artillery at the age of 16. After serving six years in the Artillery which included time in England and north west Europe, he returned to Canada in 1947 with the rank of Captain. In 1949, he began working with TCA, now known as Air Canada, in the Finance Department and remained with the company for over 40 years until retiring in 1989.

He served as an alderman for the City of St. Boniface in the early 1970s. He was the founder of the Winakwa Credit Union, Past Director of the Credit Union League of Manitoba, and Past Director of the Cooperative Credit Society of Manitoba. He served on the Board of Directors of the St. Boniface Museum for many years.

He died at Winnipeg on 31 December 2001.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 January 2002.

“They will never be forgotten,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2002, pages A8-A9.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 October 2016

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