Memorable Manitobans: Ambrose Roy “Beau” MacDonell (1901-1966)
Born at Detroit, Michigan on 13 July 1901, son of Charles S. MacDonell and Julia Kennedy, he came to Winnipeg as a child and attended Provencher School and Kelvin High School. He received a law degree from the University of Manitoba (1922) and was called to the Manitoba Bar (1924). Made a King’s Counsel in 1939, he served as a County Court Judge from 1944 to 1966.
On 15 August 1927, he married Muriel Hortense LeClair (?-?) at Winnipeg. Their daughter Glenrose LeClair MacDonell (1928-?) married Frederick Keith Turner. Active in Liberal politics, he was a candidate for Winnipeg North in the 1940 federal general election.
He died on 30 January 1966 and was buried in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Seven get K.C. honor,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 January 1939, page 1.
“Three county court judges appointed,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 1943, page 1.
“Judge Macdonnell dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 August 1966.
We thank Joan Turner for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 2 December 2022