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Memorable Manitobans: Cecil Joseph Henry “Cec” Lyon (1902-1968)

Lawyer, municipal official.

Born at East Selkirk on 29 November 1902, son of Martha Ellen Henry, he was raised in the West End of Winnipeg and attended Wellington School, John M. King School, and Isaac Brock School. In 1927 he graduated from the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law then worked as a partner in the law firm of Thomas and Lyon. He served as Mayor of West Kildonan from 1946 to 1951. During his tenure, the Red River flood of 1950 devastated a large portion of the municipality. He ran unsuccessfully in the 1958 provincial general election, representing the Labour-Progressive party in the Seven Oaks constituency. He was a charter member of West Kildonan Kiwanis Club, President of the West Kildonan Curling Club (1946-1947) and, in 1963, was named Chairman of the West Kildonan Public Recreation Commission. He died at Winnipeg on 6 June 1968 and was interred at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens. He was survived by wife Ann and two sons.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“John M. King ‘a must’ in booming city of ‘05” by Claire Tisdale, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 February 1949.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 27 April 1963.

“West Kildonan, Scotland linked with 1,300-year-old name,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 1971, page 20.

This page was prepared by Christian Cassidy.

Page revised: 24 April 2022

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