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Memorable Manitobans: Alfred Argue Ryley (1861-1932)

Bread company executive, municipal official.

Born at Bethany, Ontario on 30 April 1861, son of Alfred Ryley and Elizabeth Argue, he was educated at the Bethany Public School and Port Hope High School. He graduated from the Ontario College of Pharmacy and worked as a druggist at Little Current, Manitoulin Island, Ontario. He later travelled for Parke, Davis Company then was in charge of sales in Toronto for the Maple Leaf Milling Company. He came to Winnipeg in 1912 and was manager of the Canada Bread Company Limited. In November 1928 he was appointed President and General Manager of the company at Toronto, remaining there for two years when he retired back to Winnipeg.

In January 1925, he married Amy R. Maddocks. He was a member of the United Church. He was elected to the Winnipeg city council for a two-year term in December 1930. He died at his Winnipeg home, 623 Banning Street, on 27 August 1932 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.

Sources:

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“Ald. A. A. Ryley is dead, victim of heart seizure”, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 August 1932, page 11.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Page revised: 1 January 2010

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