Memorable Manitobans: Benjamin Evan “Ben” Lewis (1897-1978)
Farmer, municipal official.
Born at St. Asaph, Rhyl, Denbighshire, Wales on 18 April 1897, the son of David Lewis (1856-1918) and Annie Morgan (1859-1910), at an early age he accompanied his parents to Canada where they settled near Stonewall. He took over the family farm upon his father’s death and was active in the community, serving as Councillor (1930-1931) and Reeve (1932-1937) of the Rural Municipality of Rockwood and Secretary of the Milk Control Board for many years. He was a Farmer-Labour candidate for Rockwood in the 1932 provincial general election. In 1946, he married Doris Irene Mills (1908-1966) of Winnipeg. He would later work for Manitoba Blue Cross before retiring and moving to British Columbia, living first at Haney and relocating to Abbotsford in 1966. He died at sea aboard the SS Orinana on 4 December 1978 while en route to New Zealand and was buried in Brookside Cemetery.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 December 1978, page 38.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 December 1978, page 34.
100 Years of History, Rockwood Municipality by the Rockwood Municipality History, 1982. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.R63 One]
Renwick family tree, Ancestry.
Page revised: 21 June 2018
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