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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Butterworth (1883-1963)

Real estate dealer, building contractor, railwayman.

Born at Manchester, England in 1883, son of Thomas Butterworth (?-1892) and Elizabeth Butterworth (1849-1953), he apprenticed as a carpenter in England before emigrating to Winnipeg in 1905. Five years later, in partnership with F. W. Taylor, he organized the firm of real estate and contracting firm Butterworth & Taylor, specializing in the construction of residences in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. In January 1913, the firm was dissolved and Butterworth carried on alone. He worked for the Canadian National Railway for 28 years until retirement in 1948. Two years earlier, on 27 September 1911, he married Florence Isabel Isbister (?-1963) and they had three children: Leslie Howard Butterworth (1913-1978), Vera Isabel Butterworth (1915-?, wife of ? Oliver), and Douglas Isbister Butterworth (c1926-2003). He was a member of the IOOF (Fort Rouge Lodge No. 79) and Sons of England. From 1906 to 1911 he was an organizer for the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen of America on the Canadian Northern Railroad, and from 1910 to 1911, he was president and chairman of the joint protective board. He died at the Deer Lodge Hospital on 3 July 1963 and was buried in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

“City’s oldest citizen dies at 104 years,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 December 1953, page 3.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 July 1963, page 23.

Obituary [Leslie H. Butterworth], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 September 1978, page 136.

Obituary [Douglas Isbister Butterworth], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 April 2003.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 April 2010

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