Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Harris (1892-1976)
Born at Toronto, Ontario on 25 September 1892, son of William Harris and Caroline Richards, he studied commerce and finance at the University of Toronto, graduating in 1915. He then joined the family firm of Harris Abattoir Company of Toronto, remaining there until 1925, except for 14 months of military service during the First World War. He came to Winnipeg in 1925 and, two years later, became manager of the Canada Packers meat processing plant created as a result of a corporate merger. He resigned in 1952 to become the President of the Great-West Life Assurance Company, serving until 1959 when he became Chairman, retiring in 1969. He was also a Director of the Canadian Bank of Commerce, Manitoba Sugar Company, Beaver Lumber, Hudson’s Bay Company, and Royal Trust Company.
He was married twice, first on 15 September 1920 to Beatrice Jane Corrigan (c1895-1961). They had a son and four daughters. He later married Margaret Kathleen “Kaye” Moore (?-1976). In recognition of his community service, in 1952 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Manitoba.
Ontario birth and marriage registrations, Ancestry.
Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.
“Engagement notices,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 September 1944, page 8.
“Honor paid Joseph Harris,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 January 1952, page 9.
“Five will receive honorary degrees,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 May 1952, page 1.
Obituary [Beatrice Jane Harris], Winnipeg Free Press, 2 June 1961, page 27.
“Joseph Harris,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 January 1976, page 25.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 January 1976, page 33.
Obituary [Margaret Kathleen Harris], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 November 1976, page 113.
We thank James Arnett for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 13 November 2019
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