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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Eric “Bob” Emmett (1895-1996)

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Robert Eric Emmett
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Banker, historian.

Born at Gravesend, Kent, England on 24 December 1895, he received his early education in Calcutta (India) then completed his studies at the Bedford School in England, in 1911. The following year, he and his mother emigrated to Canada. After a brief stay at Sioux Lookout, Ontario, he became employed with the Northern Crown Bank at Crandall in June 1912. He was transferred to Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan in 1913, remaining there until 1915 when he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

Following his military discharge in 1919, he returned to Canada and rejoined the Royal Bank (which had amalgamated with the Northern Crown in 1916) at Winnipeg. He became the first Manager of the bank branch at Lac du Bonnet and after short stays at La Riviere and Roland, he became Manager of the St. James branch in 1932, remaining there for 22 years. He retired in 1954, having worked for the bank for 42 years.

He was an active Mason for many years, serving as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba (1955-1956) and later held the office of Grand Historian. He wrote the 1975 book Freemasonry in Manitoba, Part II, 1925-1974.

He died at Winnipeg on 31 August 1996 and was buried in the St. James Anglican Cemetery.

His articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:

One Hundred Years of Freemasonry in Manitoba
MHS Transactions, Series 3, Number 31, 1974-75 Season


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 September 1996, page 32.

We thank Stan Barclay for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 November 2016

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