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Memorable Manitobans: Ivan James Rochester Deacon (1900-1974)


Born at Mattawa, Ontario in 1900, he moved to Winnipeg in 1918. He was a partner in the law firm of D’Arcy and Deacon, President of the Law Society of Manitoba, President of the Manitoba Bar Association, and Vice-President of the Canadian Bar Association. In 1950, he was made a King’s Counsel. On 1 August 1940, he married Phyllis Elizabeth Elkin (1902-1993, daughter of Samuel James Elkin) at Winnipeg and they had two children: John Deacon and Jill Deacon (wife of Fred Futros). He was a member of the Masons (Scottish Rite) and Shriners, YWCA Association for Retarded Children, and Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association. He died at his Winnipeg home on 17 June 1974 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Eight Manitobans receive King’s Counsel honors,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 1949, page 1.

“King’s Counsel,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 January 1950, page 1.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 June 1974.

Obituary [Phyllis Elizabeth Deacon], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 January 1993, page 43.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 November 2020

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