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Memorable Manitobans: Richard Henry Lear (1861-1945)

Plumber, real estate developer.

Born in Australia on 26 March 1861, he came to Winnipeg around 1903 and worked as a plumber in partnership with Charles W. Grover until 1906. He later worked in the building trade, being responsible for designing and building several apartment blocks. He and wife Gertrude Teasdale (1883-1962) had three children: Gertrude Lear (1906-1906), Richard Henry Lear (1908-1908), and Frances Emma Lear (1909-2003, wife of Robert Douglas Hutsell). The family lived at 213 Marion Street (c1908) and 277 Furby Street. He died at his Winnipeg residence, 165 Canora Street, on 8 December 1945 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.

Some of his construction works in Manitoba included:





Amulet Apartments

640 Westminster Avenue, Winnipeg



Cycel Court

193 Furby Street, Winnipeg



Highworth Apartments

222 Osborne Street, Winnipeg




“Notice of dissolution of partnership,” Winnipeg Tribune, 2 March 1906, page 4.

Obituary [Richard Henry Lear], Winnipeg Tribune, 19 November 1908, page 12.

“Gladioli deck church for Hutsell-Lear bridal,” Winnipeg Tribune, 13 September 1937, page 11.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 December 1945, page 10.

Obituary [Gertrude Lear], Winnipeg Tribune, 24 August 1962, page 39.

Obituary [Frances Emma Hutsell], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 July 2003.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 April 2021

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