Memorable Manitobans: Robert John Lough (1882-1954)
Stationer, community activist.
Born at Quyot, Quebec on 18 December 1882, son of William Lough, he came to Winnipeg in 1890 and lived there for 60 years. He was manager and director of Russell Lang's bookstore for 37 years and later was a partner in the office supply firm of Lough Brothers. During the Second World War, he was associated with the selective service division of the Unemployment Insurance Commission. He retired from business in 1954.
He was a member of the licensing board of the Manitoba Liquor Commission and the Library board of the City of Winnipeg. He held serveral offices with Young United Church, over a period of nearly 50 years, including its extension commission and pension board. He served on the board of directors for the YMCA for 25 years, retiring in 1952, on the board of United College, and was Chairman of the Prisoners' Welfare Association.
He was married twice, first on 26 April 1911 to Clara Louise Thompson (1886-1938) at Winnipeg with whom he had two children: Margaret Cowan Lough (1915-?, wife of Edward Ross Ransby and ? Brown) and William Thompson “Bill” Lough (1916-1996). On 23 December 1944, he married Martha Ellen Hamilton at Winnipeg.
He died suddenly at Victoria, British Columbia on 20 August 1954.
Birth registrations [Margaret Cowan Lough, William Thompson Lough], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Marriage [Margaret Cowan Lough, Edward Ross Ransby] registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Death registration [Alana Louise Lough], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary [Clara Louise Lough], Winnipeg Tribune, 3 October 1938, page 18.
Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.
“R. J. Lough dies at 71,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 August 1954.
Obituary [William Thompson Lough], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 April 1996, page 23.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 2 July 2022