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Memorable Manitobans: Ross Grant Wright (1902-1992)

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Ross Grant Wright
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Grain merchant.

Born at Deloraine on 23 May 1902, son of teacher David James Wright (1863-1925) and Ida Jane Greenway (1869-1949), the family moved to Brandon in 1914 and Winnipeg in 1916. He began his working life in 1921 as a teller at the Sterling Bank at Birnie. In 1925, his career in the grain trade began with employment (1928-1946) as a grain salesman for United Grain Growers. He moved to the Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society in 1946, becoming its Assistant Canadian Manager in 1946 and Canadian Manager in 1951. He served as Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Winnipeg Grain Exchange (1960-1961) before retiring from business in 1967.

On 30 August 1930, he married Anna Marie Crispin (1903-1963) at Winnipeg and they had a daughter and two sons. An active curler, he was President of the Grain Exchange Curling Club (1941) and was made an honorary life member in 1954. He was President of the Manitoba Curling Association (1950-1951) and became an honorary life member (1953). He was a member of the Fort Garry Seniors Curling Club, Masons (Norwood Lodge), Norwood Lawn Bowling Club, Winnipeg Winter Club, and Norwood United Church.

He died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 9 February 1992.

Sources:

Marriage registration [David James Wright, Ida June Greenway], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death registration [David James Wright, Ida Jane Greenway], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary [David James Wright], Winnipeg Tribune, 3 November 1925, page 16.

Marriage registration [Ross Grant Wright, Anna Marie Crispin], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“R. Wright to head Exchange,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 September 1960.

“Ross G. Wright elected Chairman of the Winnipeg Grain Exchange,” Ship Shore News, October 1960. [Biographical Scrapbook B12, page 81, Manitoba Legislative Library]

Obituary [Anna Marie Wright], Winnipeg Tribune, 19 March 1963, page 22.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 February 1992, page 20.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 July 2022

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