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Memorable Manitobans: Philip Alfred Chester (1896-1976)

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Born at Derbyshire, England in 1896, he trained as an accountant and joined the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1923. He came to Winnipeg in 1924 and, the following year, married Isabel Louise Ivey, daughter of Charles Henry Ivey of London, Ontario. They had a daughter. He was appointed General Manager of the HBC in 1930 and Managing Director in 1946. From 1940 to 1945 he served as the first civilian Master-General of ordnance for the Canadian government. He also served on the Manitoba Flood Relief Committee in 1950. He died at Winnipeg in August 1976.

See also:

“Something Dead Under the House”: Management Conflict in the Hudson’s Bay Company in the 1930s by Elliot Hanowski
Manitoba History, Number 65, Winter 2011


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 25 August 1976, page 43.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

We thank James Arnett for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 August 2016

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