Memorable Manitobans: Nicholas “Nick” Fletcher (1888-1981)
Municipal official, civil servant.
Born in London, England on 4 October 1888, he came to Canada in 1906 and settled at Brandon, Manitoba. He found work with the Canadian Pacific Railway and, in 1910, was appointed chief clerk in the superintendent’s office at the CPR depot at Winnipeg. In 1916 he became the first secretary of the newly created Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba. He retired from the WCB in 1962.
Fletcher was first elected to the municipal council of East Kildonan in November 1921. He became Reeve in 1923 by defeating S. R. Henderson and was returned to the position by acclamation in 1924 and 1927. In 1928 he resigned from municipal politics and was succeeded as Reeve by council colleague David J. Allan. He then served on the East Kildonan School board from 1930 to 1933.
He married his first wife, Gladys Huber Laidlaw of Brandon, in 1913. They lived on Oakview Avenue and raised five children. His wife died in 1937 and, two years later, he remarried Florence (Reid) Ferguson. He was the choir leader and soloist at John Black Memorial United Church for 25 years and a long-time member of the Kiwanis Club of Winnipeg and the Elmhurst Golf and Country Club.
He died at Winnipeg on 25 December 1981.
“Nominations held in local municipalities”, Manitoba Free Press, 23 November 1921.
“Several surprises in suburban elections”, Manitoba Free Press, 1 December 1923.
“Both East and North Kildonan election results”, Manitoba Free Press, 31 December 1924.
“Expect keen contests in Winnipeg suburbs”, Manitoba Free Press, 23 November 1927.
“Retires from Reeveship”, Manitoba Free Press, 16 November 1928.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 December 1981.
East Kildonan School District Trustees, 1916-1967, MMC Alumni Association.
Members of East Kildonan Council and Key Office Holders, 1914-1971, MMC Alumni Association.
This page was prepared by Christian Cassidy.
Page revised: 30 June 2012
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