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Memorable Manitobans: Roderick William MacCharles (1858-1946)

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Roderick William MacCharles
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Physician.

Born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia on 28 November 1858, son of Scottish immigrants Malcolm MacCharles and Margaret Mackay, he was educated at the public schools of Victoria County, Pictou Academy, and Dalhousie University, graduating with a medical degree from the latter in 1892. In July of that year, he moved to Manitoba and settled at Cypress River where he practiced medicine for two years. He practiced at Manitou from 1895 to 1927 when he moved to Winnipeg. He was a member of the Winnipeg Medical Society, Manitoba Medical Association, and Canadian Medical Association. He served as President of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba (1912). On 14 July 1892, he married Florence Armenia MacLean (?-1945) of Middle River, Nova Scotia. They had three children: Malcolm R. MacCharles, Frank M. MacCharles (1895-?), and Florence Elizabeth MacCharles (1900-?, wife of H. C. Grant). He died at Winnipeg on 16 September 1946 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.

Sources:

The Canadian Album, Men of Canada (1894).

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Dr. MacCharles, 88, is dead,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 September 1946, page 7.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 April 2019

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