Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Francis Blight (1894-1960)
Born at Brandon on 24 November 1894, son of John Blight and Agnes Snaith, he attended school at Brandon. During the First World War, he went overseas with the 196th University Battalion, transferring to the 27th City of Winnipeg Battalion. He was later seconded to the Royal Flying Corps.
On his return from military service, he attended the University of Toronto, and received a dental degree in 1923. He moved to Winnipeg the next year where he opened a dental practice that continued to his death. During the Second World War, he was active in the formation of the Seven Oaks Air Cadet Squadron.
He served as President of the Winnipeg Dental Society (1946-1947) and was a life member of the Wartime Pilots and Observers Association. He was Secretary-Treasurer of the 2T3 and 2T4 Club, and was also a member of the Canukeena Club, Winnipeg Golf Club, Elmhurst Golf and Country Club, and Winnipeg Winter Club.
He died at Winnipeg on 15 April 1960 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.
Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
“Dr. Blight dies at 61,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 April 1960. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B12, page 9]
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 6 September 2021