Memorable Manitobans: Frank Boothroyd (1909-2003)
Born at Manchester, England in 1909, son of Alfred Boothroyd (1874-1927) and Emma Boothroyd (1875-1955), he came to Canada in 1912. His involvement with Winnipeg’s taxi service began in 1926 when he became a mechanic. He moved to California in 1927 to work for the Ford Motor Company for a year. Returning to Winnipeg, he managed Moore’s Taxi from 1928 to 1941. During the Second World War, he served with the Army Reserves in France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany, returning with the acting rank of Lieutenant Colonel of the First Parachute Brigade. In 1948, he became President and General Manager of Moore’s Taxi. By 1956, he was a shareholder in Moore’s Taxi, Grosvenor Taxi, and Yellow Cab. He retired in November 1972 when they became Unicity Taxi. He served as President of the Sanatorium Board of Manitoba (1965-1968, 1979-?) and a founding board member of the Manitoba Centennial Corporation. He was a member of the Masons for over 50 years, Fellowship Club, and Lions Club. He died at the Grace Hospital on 1 July 2003.
Death registration [Alfred Boothroyd], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary [Emma Boothroyd], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 November 1955, page 29.
“These Manitobans will help plan centennial,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 September 1963, page 9.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 July 2003, page 38.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 21 January 2018
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