Memorable Manitobans: Duncan James Jessiman (1923-2006)
Lawyer, Senator (1993-?).
Born at Winnipeg on 5 June 1923, son of William Jessiman (?-?) and Rubina “Ruby” Jessiman (1893-1934), he joined the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War and served with coastal forces in Canada, United Kingdom, and France, participating in the D-Day invasion on 6 June 1944. He received a military discharge in August 1945 and returned to Winnipeg where he received a law degree. He began practicing law in 1948 in partnership with Arthur Johnston, eventually forming the firm of Johnston, Jessiman, Gardner, and Twaddle. In 1971, it merged with the Pitblado law firm where he was a partner. From 1998 to 2005, he practiced with the firm of Aikins, MacAulay, Thorvaldson. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1962. A long-time member of the Conservative Party of Canada, he was appointed to the Canadian Senate in 1993. He was active with the Rotary Club of Winnipeg (President), University of Winnipeg (Chairman, Board of Regents), Victorial General Hospital Research and Services (Chairperson), Rainbow Stage (Director), and Canadian Arthritis Society (Director). He was involved in the operation of several businesses, including Service Corporation International Canada, Geocrude Energy, Pan Cana Resources, RIMOIL, Air Canada, and Progressive Holdings. He was a member of the Manitoba Club and St. Charles Country Club. He died at Vancouver, British Columbia on 19 April 2006.
Death registration [Ruby Jessiman], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 April 2006.
Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 20 March 2019
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