Memorable Manitobans: Edward Hugh Martin Crawford (1894-1972)
Born at Benton Harbor, Newfoundland in 1894, he attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar for Newfoundland, receiving a BA degree in Jurisprudence, Bachelor of Civil Law, and Master of Arts. He came to Winnipeg and called to the Manitoba Bar in 1921. He practiced law at St. James until his death and was made a King’s Counsel in 1941. During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force, being discharged a Wing Commander in 1946 and receiving the MBE (Military) Medal.
Active in the community, he was President of the Caledonian Curling Club (1935-1936), President of the Civic Caledonian Curling Club (1938-1940), and Master of the Meridian Lodge No. 140 AF & AM. He was also President of the St. James Kiwanis (1964) and Chairman of the Metropolitan Board of Adjustment (1961-1971). He was a candidate in the 1957 federal general election but was defeated by Gordon Chown.
He died at the Grace Hospital on 28 May 1972 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.
“Seven members of Manitoba Bar are appointed King’s Counsel,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1941, page 5.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 May 1972, page 18.
We thank Rick Mutton for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 10 November 2022