Memorable Manitobans: Albert Edward Boothe (1913-1985)
Born at Winnipeg on 20 June 1913, son of Henry Albert “Harry” Boothe (1861-1938) and Martha Rebecca Schwab (1878-1960), his career at the Winnipeg Free Press spanned 46 years, working up from copy boy to reporter, copy editor, City Editor, Managing Editor (1960-1975) and finally Consulting Editor (1975-1976) before he retired in 1976. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942, serving as a public relations officer in eastern Canada and Winnipeg. In 1945, he was discharged from the military and returned to the newspaper. In retirement, he served as editor of the Manitoba Seniors Journal.
On 10 August 1940, he married Ada Irene Tyson (1915-2005) and they had two children, including Barry Leonard Boothe (?-2000). He served as President of the Winnipeg Press Club (1960), President of the Canadian Managing Editors Conference (1970s), and a member of the Promotion Council of the Manitoba Centennial Corporation. In 1975 he was the first person to be honoured by a Press Club roast.
He died at Winnipeg on 14 July 1985.
Birth registrations [Albert Edward Booth, Ada Irene Tyson], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Marriage registration [Albert Edward Boothe, Ada Irene Tyson], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary [Harry A. Boothe], Winnipeg Tribune, 14 September 1938, page 11.
“Mrs. Martha Boothe, here for 58 years, dies in hospital at 82,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 October 1960, page 25.
“Former FP managing editor dies at 72,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 July 1985.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 July 1985, page 38.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 1 December 2023