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Memorable Manitobans: Arthur Edgar Wright (1907-1977)

Railwayman, MLA (1958-1959), MLA (1959-1962), MLA (1963-1966).

Born at Winnipeg on 8 November 1907, son of Arthur L. Wright and Mary Ruffles, he was educated at Winnipeg schools. On 1 July 1931 he married Pearl Roseline Clegg, daughter of Edgar Clegg of West Kildonan. They had three children: Shirley Wright (wife of Frank Bell), Marilyn Wright (wife of Ray Wake), and Donald Arthur Wright. He worked as a supervisor in the mechanical department of the Canadian National Railways. He served as Chairman of the Public Works Department of West Kildonan (1946 to 1954) and Mayor of West Kildonan (1954 to 1958). He was first elected to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1958 general election, being re-elected in 1959 and 1962. In 1970, he became Executive Assistant to the Minister of Labour, holding the position until his death.

He served on the boards of United Way, John Howard Society, and Anatole Senior Citizens Housing. He was a member of the West Kildonan Kiwanis Club, assisting in the restoration and establishment of Seven Oaks House as a community museum.

He died at Winnipeg on 19 May 1977 and was buried in Kildonan Presbyterian Cemetery. He is commemorated by Arthur E. Wright Community School.

Sources:

The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1960.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 May 1977, page 33.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 January 2011

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