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Memorable Manitobans: Russell Phillips Waters (1920-1981)

Municipal official.

Born on 10 April 1920, son of Anna L. Peterson (?-1974) and Frank H. Waters (?-1953) and brother of Edythe Brown, he lived in Great Falls until 1924 when the family moved to Lac du Bonnet. He attended the Lac du Bonnet High School and United College in Winnipeg. When the Second World War broke out in 1939, he went to work at the Air Observers School at Regina (Saskatchewan). In 1941, he enlisted with Royal Canadian Air Force, took Basic Training at Brandon, and was posted to Toronto (Ontario) where he met Dorothy Theresa Schmidt (1925-2003). They were married on 7 December 1945 and had two children. After his discharge in 1946, they returned to Lac du Bonnet where he worked for his fathers company, Waters Construction, until its dissolution in 1978.

A recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal, he was active in the Royal Canadian Legion as President of Branch #164 as well as Zone Commander and District Commander. He was also a Master with the Pine Falls Masonic Lodge #154, the Shriners, and Khartum Temple Provost Corps. He served on the Agassiz School Division Board for many years including two terms as Chairman. He also served for 20 years on the local volunteer fire department, and Mayor of Lac du Bonnet (1974).

He died on 3 July 1981 and was buried in Riverland Cemetery.


Logs & Lines From the Winnipeg River: A History of Lac du Bonnet Area by Lac du Bonnet History Book Committee, 1980.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 July 1981, page 40.

Obituary [Dorothy Theresa Waters], Winnipeg Free Press, 12 April 2003, page C16.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 21 February 2014

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