Memorable Manitobans: Frederick William Lee (1880-1974)
Born at Caistor, Lincolnshire, England on 25 June 1880, son of John Lee and Elizabeth Cooper, he came to Manitoba in 1905 at the urging of James Woodsworth.
He received a degree in Theology from Wesley College (1912) and was ordained at Fort Rouge Methodist Church. He spent 55 years as a United Church minister, serving at several rural and urban charges, including Murillo, Ontario (1912-1915), Fort William, Ontario (1915-1919), Maclean Mission (1919-1922), St. Andrew’s United Church (1922-1926), Knox United Church (1926-1931), Victoria United Church (1931-1936), Wawanesa United Church (1936-1940), Oak Lake United Church (1940-1944), and Rivers United Church (1944-1948). He retired in 1948 but continued in the ministery, at High Bluff United Church (1948-1951) and Fort William and Port Arthur, Ontario (1952-1955). He moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1955 where he organized church groups and continued to preach.
On 1 January 1914, he married schoolteacher Ida Ethel Gibson (1886-1967) at O'Connor Township, Ontario and they had four children: Ina Elizabeth Lee (1915-2007), Royden Frederick Lee, Miriam Della Lee (1920-1997), and Joyce Kathleen Lee (1928-2002).
He died at Vancouver, British Columbia on 21 January 1974.
“Calls issued to many ministers,” Manitoba Free Press, 15 May 1926, page 34.
“Local and general,” Shoal Lake Star, 21 May 1931, page 4.
“United Church ministers will go to new charges,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 May 1936, page 24.
“Local and general,” Rapid City Reporter, 1 June 1944, page 5.
“Pettapiece,” Rapid City Reporter, 1 July 1948, page 1.
Death registration [Ida Ethel Lee], British Columbia Vital Statistics.
Obituary [Ida Lee], Winnipeg Free Press, 2 January 1968, page 20.
Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 January 1974, page 33.
We thank Catherine Lee for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 25 March 2023