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Memorable Manitobans: Arthur Uniacke Chipman (1902-1993)


Born at Winnipeg on 2 October 1902, son of Bertha Iredale, as an adult he became involved in a variety of business enterprises, including Sterling Securities Corporation, Standard Finance Corporation, and Brathwaite’s Limited.

He was a member of St. Matthews Anglican Church and St. Aidans Anglican Church, and was actively involved in fundraising for construction of St. John’s College at the University of Manitoba. A lifelong athlete, he participated in tennis, cricket, golf, and hockey, playing with the 1943 Winnipeg Rangers Junior Hockey Club which won the Memorial Cup. He served as President of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for four years and President of the Canadian Rugby Union, forerunner of the Canadian Football League. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Schenley Canadian Football Awards. He was part of the ownership group that brought professional baseball to Winnipeg in the 1950s with the original Winnipeg Goldeyes. He owned several racehorses and was President of the Assiniboia Downs Turf Club. He served a term on the Board of Winnipeg Enterprises and was a Director of the 1967 Pan American Games. He served as Chairman of the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission, succeeding N. E. Rodger.

He was inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame (1969) and Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Fame (1984). His service to Manitoba was recognized with a Manitoba Golden Boy Award (1960). He was made an Honorary Life Member of the Society for Crippled Children and Adults of Manitoba.

He died at Winnipeg on 14 December 1993.


“These twelve Manitobans to receive Golden Boy Awards,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 June 1960, page 12.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 December 1993, page 54.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 April 2020

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