Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Shanly Watson (1884-1977)
Born in Northern Ireland on 23 March 1884, son of Samuel Scott Watson and Ellen Shanly, he came to Canada and, as a student, he enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in December 1916 and given the rank of Captain. Following the war, he became a clergyman and was an active member of civic affairs, sitting on the Board of Education, and was a Masonic chaplain. During his career, he served as the Minister of St. Paul’s United Church (c1941-1950) in Port Arthur, Ontario and Riverview United Church (1947-1950) in Winnipeg, after which he retired to British Columbia. He and his wife, Lulu Beatrice McKnight (1896-1989) and had at least two sons. They settled in West Vancouver, where he died at the Inglewood Private Hospital on 4 July 1977.
Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.
“Rev. T. S. Watson is invited to Riverview United,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 May 1947, page 3.
“Engagements [Mr. and Mrs. Frank Purdy],” Winnipeg Tribune, 24 November 1949, page 15.
“Jean Purdy is bride of W. S. Watson,” Winnipeg Tribune, 2 December 1949, page 14.
“Riverview United inducts Marshall as new Minister,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 September 1950, page 25.
Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 28 December 2015