Memorable Manitobans: Francis Reginald Longworth (1891-1955)
Insurance broker, community activist.
Born at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island in 1891, son of John Hadley Longworth and Annie Beer, he moved to Brandon with his family in 1892 and was educated at the Brandon Collegiate Institute. He began working with the Hanbury Hardware Company. In 1915, he was with Wood, Vallance and Adams at Calgary, Alberta when he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He served in the 78th Battalion under Colonel (Brigadier General) Kircaldy at Ypres, Kemmell, Somme, and Lens. He was invalided to England before returning to Canada where he did instructional duty at the Depot Battalion in Brandon prior to discharge in August 1919. In 1920, he established an insurance brokerage in Brandon.
On 29 November 1917, he married Helen Elizabeth McComb (1896-1968) at Winnipeg. They had no children. He was a member and President (five years) of the Brandon Board of Trade, a charter member of the Army and Navy Veterans (Brandon) and Great War Veterans Association, head of the Children's Aid Society (seven years), an organizer of the Brandon Public Library, Chairman of the Brandon College board (five years), and President of the International Peace Garden (five years). He was a Life Governor of the Brandon General Hospital. He served as a Brandon city councillor for two years (c1929) and was a Mayoral candidate. During the Second World War, he was Chairman of the War Services Committee, Chairman of the Patriotic Salvage Corps, Chairman of the RCAF Benevolent Fund, and a member of the Air Cadets Committee.
He died at the Brandon General Hospital on 30 October 1955 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.
Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.
“F. R. Longworth great citizen dies here,” Brandon Sun, 31 October 1955, page 1.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 17 May 2023