Memorable Manitobans: Raymond E. “Ray” Howard (1935-1986)
Businessman, municipal official.
Born on 20 March 1935, son of Richard “Dick” Howard (1910-1984) and Ethel Freda Fisher (1911-1998), his childhood was spent near Oak Point, Vivian, and at Gimli. He began a business career with the Hudson’s Bay Company in northern Ontario, moving to Birtle in 1955 to take a job with the local Co-op. He and his wife later operated ladies wear and grocery stores there. On 3 May 1956, he married Margaret “Margie” Robertson (1930-?) and they had three children. He served as Mayor of Birtle (1970-1983), President of the Union of Manitoba Municipalities (1980-1981), President of the Birtle Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Manitoba Municipal Board. He died at Birtle on 4 July 1986 and was buried in the Birtle Cemetery.
Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary [Richard Howard], Winnipeg Free Press, 14 July 1984, page 55.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 July 1986, page 21.
“Highlights,” Birtle Eye-Witness, 7 January 1987, page 4.
Obituary [Ethel Freda Howard], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 June 1998, page 37.
Passing It On: RM of Town of Birtle History, 1884-2009 by RM & Town of Birtle History Committee, 2009, page 424.
Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 1 June 2019
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