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Memorable Manitobans: Walter Ross Forrester (1886-1979)


Born at Emerson on 20 May 1886, son of David Forrester and Sarah Louise Ross (1855-1926), he was admitted as a solicitor in 1910 and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1951. He was made a King’s Counsel in 1952. On 1 October 1913, he married Edna Ida McFadden (1888-1971), daughter of David Henry McFadden. They had two sons: Robert Ross “Bob” Forrester (1914-2000) and David Bruce Wallace Forrester. He served for over 23 years on the Emerson town council, including a nine-year term as Mayor of Emerson from 1946 to 1955. In 1950, he was appointed one of three members of the Red River Valley Board to adjudicate claims for structural damage caused by flooding. He was also on the general committee of the Manitoba Flood Relief Fund. He was a member of the AF & AM (Emerson Lodge No. 6), Emerson Curling Club, and St. Andrew’s Church. He died at Morris on 5 March 1979 and was buried in the Emerson Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Six lawyers awarded K.C.’s silk,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 January 1952. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10]

Obituary [Edna Ida Forrester], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 September 1971, page 45.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 March 1979, page 49.

Obituary [Robert Ross Forrester], Winnipeg Free Press, 16 August 2000.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 March 2018

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