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Memorable Manitobans: Eric Wallwyn McDonald “Jimmy” James (1885-1960)


Born at High Bluff on 12 August 1885, he received an engineering degree from the University of Toronto in 1910 then joined the Manitoba Department of Public Works. He was in charge of road, drainage, bridge, and water supply works until December 1915 when he quit to spent two years in Jamica. He returned to take up the position of bridge engineer, later serving as Chief Bridge Engineer until his retirement in 1951. He was Secretary and Registrar of the Association of Professional Engineers of Manitoba (1928-1929). He died at Calgary, Alberta on 23 July 1960 and was buried in Queens Park Cemetery, Calgary.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 25 July 1960, page 23.

Pioneering in Highway Bridges for the Province of Manitoba and the Engineering Profession by George A. De Pauw, 1993.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 April 2019

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