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Memorable Manitobans: Donald Waverley Dingwall (1881-1935)


Born at Port Hope, Ontario on 4 April 1881, son of Donald Ross Dingwall and Elizabeth Frazer, he came to Manitoba in 1886, and was educated in Winnipeg schools. He started his business career in the Tiffany’s store in New York. At the age of 21 he returned to Winnipeg and entered the jewellery business which his father had founded in 1882. He stayed with the firm when it merged with Henry Birks and Sons to become Birks-Dingwall Limited, of which he was President and Manager.

On 6 January 1904, he married Jennifer Melissa “Dolly” Bunnell (1882-1940, daughter of Charles F. Bunnell) and they had one son, Donald C. Dingwall. He was a member of the Manitoba Club, Carleton Club, St. Charles Country Club, Pine Ridge Golf Club, Winnipeg Squash and Racquet Club, Winnipeg Skating Club, St. Andrew’s Society of Winnipeg, AF & AM (Northern Lights Lodge), and St. Andrew’s United Church. He was a director of the Winnipeg Jockey Club.

He died of a heart attack at his Winnipeg residence, 951 Wellington Crescent, on 16 October 1935 and was buried in the Old Kildonan Cemetery.


Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“D. W. Dingwall dies suddenly on Wednesday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 October 1935.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 January 2020

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