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Memorable Manitobans: Marsden Frank Ross Irwin (c1877-1925)


Born at Toronto, Ontario around 1877, son of agricultural implements dealer William F. Irwin (1847-1904) and Evangeline Irwin (1855-1947), the family came west when he was a boy, living first at Portage la Prairie and later at Brandon where his father represented the Massey-Harris Company in each place. He graduated from the Manitoba Medical College in 1905 then started a medical practice at Hartney where he remained for two years, with a short period at Souris. He came to Winnipeg in 1910 and established a general medical practice.

On 1 January 1906, he married Elizabeth McIntosh (?-?) at Winnipeg and they had a daughter, Alice Margaret Irwin (1909-?). An enthusiastic athlete, Irwin served on the executive of the Manitoba Northwestern Hockey League and played lacrosse while at Hartney. He was a member of the Masons.

He died at his Winnipeg home in the Hugo Apartments on 27 February 1925 and was buried in the family plot in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Birth registration [Alice Margaret Irwin], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Dr. M. F. R. Irwin, local physician dies suddenly,” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 February 1925, page 1.

“Well-known physician is suddenly stricken,” Manitoba Free Press, 28 February 1925. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 October 2021

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