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Memorable Manitobans: Jack Thorpe (1881-1965)


A bachelor, he lived his entire adult life in Winnipeg hotels. He began with the Queen’s Hotel, moved to the Royal Alexandra Hotel when it opened in 1906, and then to the Fort Garry Hotel in 1913. He continued to live at the Fort Garry for another 52 years (until his death), staying longer than any other resident of the hotel. Thorpe was a well-known Winnipeg character.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 29 April 2008

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