Memorable Manitobans: Arthur James “Art” Vincent (1913-1998)
Born at Toronto, Ontario on 3 December 1913, he learned to fly while working for INCO at Coppercliffe, Ontario. During the Second World War he was a flying instructor for the Royal Canadian Air Force, becoming chief instructor of the Air Commonwealth Training Program. He moved to Winnipeg after the war and became a grain dealer, serving as President of Smith, Vincent and Company Limited from 1958.
He married war widow Patricia Milroy Murphy McIvor (1919-1989, wife of John Kitson McIvor, daughter of William Arthur Murphy) and adopted her son Kitson Vincent then they had four more children: Barry Vincent (1944-1989), Paul Vincent, Gerald Vincent, and Constance Vincent. Active in community philanthropy, he headed the Murphy Foundation, which contributed to many Winnipeg cultural institutions. He was a director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Vice-President of the Winnipeg General Hospital. He received a Distinguished Service Award from the University of Manitoba (1985). He was active in the summer life of Victoria Beach.
He died at Winnipeg on 10 November 1998.
“3 Winnipeg airmen killed in action aboard,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 August 1942, page 11.
Obituary [Patricia Vincent], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 September 1989, page 34.
Obituary [Barry Vincent], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 October 1989, page 24.
Obituary [Arthur James Vincent], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 November 1998, page 36.
We thank James Arnett and Kitson Vincent for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 4 October 2023