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Memorable Manitobans: Ralph Keir Beairsto (1884-1950)


Born at Winnipeg on 18 February 1884, son of William Beairsto and Helen Augusta Tisdall, he entered the service of the Dominion Bank at Winnipeg in 1901. He became manager of its Saskatoon branch in 1910, and of the Calgary branch from 1910 to 1916. In the latter year he returned to Winnipeg. Appointed office manager of the Winnipeg branch in 1921, he became western branch supervisor in 1932 and, in 1934, was named assistant general manager. He retired in 1946.

He was treasurer and vice-president of the Winnipeg Board of Trade and was active with the Community Chest. He was a member of the Board of Director of the Knowles School for Boys, a member of the Advisory Board of the Children’s Home, and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the St. John Ambulance Association. In his youth he was active in hockey, playing on the Winnipeg Victorias team. He was a governor of the St. Charles Country Club for several years, and was the Club’s president in 1932 and 1933.

He died at Victoria, British Columbia on 5 August 1950.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“R. K. Beairsto to retire as Dominion Bank manager” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 August 1946.

“Ralph K. Beairsto, Winnipeg banker, dies aged 68” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 August 1950.

Page revised: 13 September 2009

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