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Memorable Manitobans: J. Richard Gray (1869-?)

Click to enlargeFinancial agent.

Born at London, Ontario in 1869, son of Joseph Gray and Ellen P. Harding, he was educated at the London Collegiate Institute then, at the age of 11 years, worked for three years as a “printer’s devil” for the Mail and Empire Company at Toronto. He then worked for 14 years for the Grand Trunk Railway, based at London and Toronto. In 1897, he moved to Detroit, Michigan and worked for a book and insurance company, later becoming interested in real estate transactions. In April 1911, he came to Winnipeg and, in partnership with his brother-in-law, formed the financial and general agency firm of Merrett-Gray Company.

In 1893, he married Margaret Heffron at Detroit. They had four children: Archibald Gray, Margaret Gray, Alvaretta Gray, and Aynsley Gray. The family lived at 56 Matheson Boulevard, Winnipeg. He was a member of the Ancient Order of Foresters and the AF & AM.


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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 June 2010

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