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Memorable Manitobans: Frank Leslie Chester (1901-1966)

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Frank Leslie Chester
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Merchant, MLA (1950-1953), athlete.

Born at Winnipeg on 30 November 1901, son of William and Nellie Chester, he was educated in Winnipeg and Vancouver then he owned Chester’s Hardware in Winnipeg. He was first elected to city council for Ward Three in 1946, serving until 1950, and was elected Liberal MLA from Winnipeg North in the 1949 provincial general election. Defeated in the 1953 federal general election, he served as Chair of the Farm Loan Board in Ottawa (1954-1960).

On 22 April 1930, he married Margaret Isabel Shumway (1906-2007) and they had a son, Ronald Miller Chester (1925-1990). He played senior hockey and was President of the Kiwanis Club.

He died at Winnipeg on 13 August 1966 after a long illness.


1901 and 1906 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Frank L. Chester’s funeral Tuesday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 August 1966. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B14, page 122]

Obituary [Ronald Miller Chester], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 January 1990, page 33.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Obituary [Margaret Chester], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 September 2007, page 36.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 March 2021

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