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Memorable Manitobans: William Thomas Edgecombe (1868-1941)


Born at Harbor Grace, Newfoundland on 15 August 1868, son of Eli Edgecombe and Rose Ann Martin, he attended an academy at St. Johns then worked for three years in the editorial department of the Montreal Star. For the next nine years he was employed at the Bishop Engraving & Printing Company in Montreal, moving afterwards to Toronto where he established himself in the engraving business. In 1898 he came to Winnipeg to work for the firm of Bulman Brothers. In 1908, he was elected secretary of the Brewers, Liquor Dealers and Cigar Manufacturers Association of Manitoba. In 1913, he became the first secretary of the Hotelkeepers’ Association of Canada.

In 1888, he married Elizabeth Lydia Bain (?-1929) of Oakville, Ontario. They had a son and a daughter. The family resided at 127 Home Street, Winnipeg. He was a member of the Loyal Orange Lodge (Grand Master, 1915), Royal Black Knights, Canadian Club of Winnipeg, Adanac Club, and Methodist Church. He served on the Winnipeg City Council (1916-1917), after which he was an officer of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War.

He died at Oak Bay, British Columbia on 5 June 1941.


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

Attestation Papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

We thank Geoff Martin for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 October 2016

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