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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Daniel Deegan (1856-1916)


Born at Quebec, Quebec in 1856, son of Daniel Deegan and Elizabeth Kelly, he was educated and commenced his business career there. In August 1900, he married May Swindell, a daughter of Robert Swindell of Quebec. He came to Winnipeg in 1882 and three years later established a clothing and men’s furnishings store at 566 Main Street.

Deegan was a devout Catholic and took a very active part in developing the various organizations and social orders connected with the church. In 1899 he founded the first Catholic Club and was its president for three years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and became State Deputy of that order for Manitoba and Saskatchewan. He was a Conservative. He served as licence commissioner of the City of Winnipeg from 1909.

He died at Winnipeg on 2 May 1916 and was buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery.


Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

Page revised: 7 March 2010

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