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Memorable Manitobans: Alban James Tufts (c1867-1944)

Educator, cleric.

Born in Perth County, Ontario, he came to Manitoba where he took an Arts degree from the University of Manitoba. He taught at Viola Dale School (1891) and was ordained a Methodist cleric in 1893, taking a BD degree from Victoria College. He served at numerous places in Saskatchewan, including Moosomin, Wolseley, Prince Albert, Oxbow, Alameda, Grand Coulee, Sherwood, and Rae. He retired in 1929.

On 11 July 1895, he married Marion Francis Parr, of Winnipeg, in the RM of Woodworth. They had six children: Alban R. Tufts (b 1898), Mrs. A. C. Bowes, Mrs. D. L. Kerr, Olive Tufts, Mrs. W. D. Johnston, and Elva Tufts. In 1925, he was given an honorary doctorate by Wesley College (now the University of Winnipeg).

He died at his home in Regina, Saskatchewan on 16 November 1944.

Sources:

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Dr. A. J. Tufts, Methodist minister, dies in Regina”, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 December 1944, page 4.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 January 2013

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