Memorable Manitobans: George Butterworth (c1885-1952)
Born in England around 1885, he immigrated to Canada around 1907 and settled in the what would become the Village of Brooklands, then still part of the Rural Municipality of Rosser. He worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway.
On 21 March 1908, he married Ada Taylor (c1885-1957, daughter of John and Harriet Taylor) at Winnipeg. They had four children: Mona Butterworth (1908-1972, wife of Percy Day), John Vincent Butterworth (1913-1969), Gladys Mary Butterworth (1915-1978, widow of George Austin MacDuff, remarried to Nick Sedak), and Doris Butterworth (1919-1982). The family lived at 1887 Alexander Avenue (1916), 16 Gallagher Avenue West (1921), 1823 Alexandra Avenue (1926), and 331 Keewatin Street (?-1952).
He was active in community affairs and succeeded John Haddow as Secretary-Treasurer of the Brooklands School District (1919-1930). During this period, he also served as Returning Officer (1921) and Acting Secretary-Treasurer (1923) for the Village of Brooklands, following its establishment. He later worked as a timekeeper and manager for the R. McMillan Coal Company.
He died at the Misericordia Hospital on 3 March 1952 and was buried in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens. In 1961, he was commemorated posthumously with the naming of Butterworth School.
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Obituary [John Taylor], Manitoba Free Press, 7 March 1927, page 5.
Death notice [John Taylor], Manitoba Free Press, 7 March 1927, page 22.
Obituary [Mrs. Harriet Taylor], Manitoba Free Press, 26 March 1928, page 17.
Brookside Cemetery burial transcriptions, [John Taylor & Harriet Taylor], City of Winnipeg.
“Three nominator for Mayoralty of Brooklands,” Manitoba Free Press, 29 June 1921, page 6.
“Suburban school boards hold inaugural meetings,” Manitoba Free Press, 5 January 1922, page 16.
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“Brooklands Council extends tax payment,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 December 1925, page 5.
Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 4 March 1952, page 8.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 March 1952, page 9.
Death notice, Winnipeg Tribune, 4 March 1952, page 24.
Winnipeg estate files (ATG 0025A), #44952 - George Butterworth, GR4879, Archives of Manitoba.
In Memorial [Butterworth], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 January 1960, page 24.
Obituary [John Vincent Butterworth], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 September 1969, page 17.
Obituary [Mona Day], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 August 1972, page 14.
Obituary [Gladys Mary Sedak], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 May 1978, page 40.
Obituary [Doris Butterworth], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 January 1982, page 35.
School division half-yearly attendance reports (E 0757), Archives of Manitoba.
Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 3 November 2021