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Memorable Manitobans: Neri Alphonsus Cain (1886-1976)

Contractor, engineer.

Born at Annapolis, Nova Scotia on 1 February 1886, he came to western Canada in 1910 and worked as a structural steel contractor for many years, and also operated a confectionary on Broadway in Winnipeg. In the 1930s, he was President of the Winnipeg Bridge Company, based at 153 Aubert Street in St. Boniface. In 1932, it was claimed that he built the “largest steel railway bridge in Manitoba.” He died, unmarried, at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 7 December 1976.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Harrison Steel Through Truss Bridge (Assiniboine River, RM of Sifton)


Nova Scotia birth registration, Ancestry.

“Structural steel,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 September 1932, page 3.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 December 1976, page 139.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 September 2020

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