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Memorable Manitobans: William Long Leatherdale (1878-1945)


Born at Galt, Ontario on 21 July 1878, he came to Manitoba in 1910. He partnered with David J. Clark in the mortuary firm of Clark Leatherdale, eventually becoming its President and General Manager. He and wife Lauretta May Bunston (1884-1947) had two sons: Vernon Landsborough Leatherdale (1912-1985) and Richard Clair Leatherdale. He was a member of the Manitoba Lawn Bowling Association, Greenwood Lawn Bowling Club (President), Lions Club, IOOF, Masons (St. Johns Lodge), and Greenwood United Church. He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 8 September 1945 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery. At the time of his death, he lived at 908 Palmerston Avenue.


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“W. L. Leatherdale dies; well-known mortician,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 September 1945, page 13.

Obituary [R. Clair Leatherdale], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 August 1982, page 54.

Obituary [Vernon Leatherdale], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 May 1985, page 52.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 March 2021

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