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Memorable Manitobans: Aaron Grey (1865-1962)

Building contractor.

Born at Agincourt, Ontario on 26 November 1865, he came to Winnipeg before 1900. He began working as a building contractor in 1904, alone or later in partnership with ? Davidson (1913-1919). He retired from business in 1942.

He and wife Mary Frances Pearson (1875-1955) had five children: Harvey Lorenzo Grey (1900-1988), Dorothy Frances Miriam Grey (1902-?, wife of Douglas Jones Roland), Allen Pearson Grey (1904-1904), Eva Mozetta Grey (1906-1972, wife of Arthur Robertson Woodburne), and Edythe Evelyn Grey (1907-2001, wife of Preston T. Hutchins). He served as President of the Strathcona Curling Club (1920-1921).

In 1950, he moved to Vancouver, British Columbia and died there on 7 January 1962.

Some of his construction works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Oxford Hotel

216 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg

1905

 

Manitoba Club (addition)

194 Broadway, Winnipeg

1913

 

All Souls Unitarian Church

103 Furby Street, Winnipeg

1913

 

Canada Bread Company Stables

Burnell Street, Winnipeg

1913

 

St. Jude’s Anglican Church

780 Home Street, Winnipeg

1914

Demolished (?)

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

255 Oak Street, Winnipeg

1915

Destroyed by fire (?)

St. James Telephone Exchange Building

340 Rutland Street, Winnipeg

1915-1916

Demolished (2022)

Royal Bank Building (renovation)

968 Main Street, Winnipeg

1918

 

Sources:

Birth registrations [Harvey Lorenzo Grey, Dorothy Frances Miriam Grey, Allen Pearson Grey, Eva Margetta Grey], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registrations [Aaron Grey, Mary Frances Grey], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 January 1962, page 19.

216 Notre Dame Avenue, Oxford Hotel by Murray Peterson, City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings & Resources Committee, April 2019.

Aaron Grey, FamilySearch.

This page was prepared by Jordan Makichuk and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 September 2022

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