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Memorable Manitobans: Charles William Nassau Kennedy (1866-1920)

Real estate and financial agent.

Born at Peterborough, Ontario on 31 October 1866, son of William Nassau Kennedy and Mary Ann Kennedy, he came to Manitoba with his family in 1871 and was educated in local public schools and St. John’s College. In 1884, he began working at the Land Registry Office of Winnipeg, serving until 1903. He was active as a real estate agent, being President of the Victoria Beach Company, Vice-President of the Commercial Loan and Trust Company, and a Director of the British Northwest Fire Insurance Company, Canada West Land Company, City Investment Company, North American Investment Company, Winnipeg Securities Company, and the St. Andrews Development Company. He was also President of the Riverside Cemetery Company. He had large real estate holdings.

On 12 October 1891, he married Edith Armina Robinson (1871-1956), daughter of Thomas D. Robinson, at Winnipeg. They had four children: Charles Lawrence Kennedy (1894-?), Norma Claire Kennedy (1902-?), Audry Elizabeth Kennedy (1903-?), and Harry Marlowe Kennedy (1904-?). He was a Winnipeg City Alderman for six years, a member of the Workmens Compensation Board, and Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Victoria Beach. He organized the City Cadet Band, Kennedy Orchestra, Apollo Club, and Philharmonic Society. He was a member of the AF & AM (Prince Rupert Lodge), Carleton Club, Winnipeg Yacht Club, Manitoba Club, and Liberal Party.

On 6 May 1920, he died at his home north of Winnipeg as a result of smoke inhalation suffered during a fire a month earlier. He was buried in the Riverside Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Kennedy Block / Mitchell-Copp Building (315 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg)


Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

1916 Canada census, Ancestry.

“Marriages,” Manitoba Free Press, 16 October 1891, page 1.

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

“C. W. N. Kennedy dies at home in Parkdale,” Manitoba Free Press, 7 May 1920, page 3.

“Mrs. Edith A. Kennedy,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 August 1956, page 12.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 January 2020

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