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Memorable Manitobans: Geoffrey Hitzler Walton (1878-1951)

Real estate and financial broker, land developer, builder.

Born at Barbados, British West Indies on 11 August 1878, son of Dr. George O’Donnell Walton and Sarah Louisa Gall, he was educated at Harrison College Institute in the Barbados. He worked as a plantation overseer in British West Indies before coming to Manitoba in 1898. He founded a real estate and financial brokerage firm in 1903, later going into building construction as President of the Rookery Building Syndicate Company. He moved to British Columbia in 1911.

On 4 November 1906, he married Helen Josephine Lyon (1878-1961, sister of Silas Herbert Redmond Lyon) at Winnipeg and they had five children: Geoffrey Hitzler Walton (1907-1963), Grace Helen Louise Walton (1909-1999), Terrence O'Donnell Walton (1911-1991), Mary Josephine Walton (1914-2010), and Amy Walton (1916-2015). In 1911, the family lived at 300 Balfour Street, Winnipeg. He was a member of the Canadian Club, West India Club (Vice-President), AF & AM, and Anglican church. His recreations included cricket and tennis.

He died at Coquitlam, British Columbia on 30 August 1951.

Some of his construction works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Broadway Court

251 Broadway, Winnipeg

1906

Demolished (1982)

Strathmore Apartments

326 Broadway, Winnipeg

1908

 

St. Regis Hotel

285 Smith Street, Winnipeg

1910

 

Tupper House

147 West Gate, Winnipeg

1910

 

Fortune House

393 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg

1910-1911

 

Sources:

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Herbert Redmond Lyon], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 January 1969, page 31.

Geoffrey Hitzler Walton, FindAGrave.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 January 2022

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