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Memorable Manitobans: William David Lawrence (1881-1959)

Lawyer.

Born in Ontario in 1881, son of Alexander Lawrence and Margaret Bond (1857-1924), his childhood was spent at Morden. He graduated from Manitoba College, was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1907, and practiced law with his boyhood friend Max Steinkopf. He was made a King's Counsel in 1931. He later practiced with his eldest son in the firm of Lawrence and Lawrence.

He married Sarah Vera Glenn (1884-1943) and they had three children: Alexander Glenn “Alex” Lawrence (1909-1989), William Bond Lawrence (1910-?), and Helen Patricia Lawrence (1917-1980, wife of John Arthur Campbell Sprague).

He died at his Winnipeg home on 13 October 1959 and was buried with his wife in the Brookside Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth registrations [Alexander Glenn Lawrence, William Bond Lawrence, Helen Patricia Lawrence], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Six Manitoba lawyers made King's Counsel,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 January 1931, page 3.

“Followng their fathers' footsteps,” Winnipeg Tribune, 13 May 1936, page 2.

Death registration [Sarah Vera Lawrence], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Sarah Vera Lawrence], Winnipeg Tribune, 14 December 1943, page 16.

“Campbell-Lawrence wedding held at St. Matthew's Church,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 April 1944, page 12.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 October 1959, page 67.

Obituary [Helen Patricia Sprague], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 February 1980, page 63.

Obituary [Alexander Glenn Lawrence], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 December 1989, page 30.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 March 2022

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