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Memorable Manitobans: Aidan Hamilton Conklin (1905-1995)

School trustee, municipal official.

Born at Winnipeg on 20 August 1905, eldest child of John J. Conklin and Bertha Wilson, his 44-year working life began in 1926 with a position at Canadian Pacific Steamships. Prior to retirement in 1970, he was the city ticket agent for the combined rail and steamship departments.

Active in community affairs, he served as 35 years as a school trustee in St. James, ten of them as Chair of the School Board. He served as President of the Urban School Trustees Association, Manitoba School Trustees Association, and the Canadian School Trustees Association. He was Reeve for the Rural Municipality of Victoria Beach (1971-1975). A member of Westminster United Church since 1932, he was Chairman of the first General Board, Envelope Secretary for over 45 years, and an usher for 55 years. In 1977, his community service was recognized with a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal and, three years later, he was inducted into the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt.

He died at Winnipeg on 27 March 1995. He is commemorated by the office building for the St. James-Assiniboia School Division.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 March 1995, page 26.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 March 2016

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