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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Daniel McLean Matheson (1925-2016)

Military leader, community activist.

Born at Vancouver, British Columbia in 1925, son of Murdock Matheson and Catherine Moore, he was active in sports as a youth, excelling in swimming, diving, soccer, and lacrosse. In July 1943, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and served for 33 years, serving as a pilot, parachute instructor, and officer in the Armoured Corps Regiment of the Royal Canadian Dragoons. His military service took him to Korea, Cyprus, Laos, and South Vietnam. He retired in 1975 with the rank of Colonel as Base Commander of CFB Shilo, then spent ten years as an illustrator at Assiniboine Community College.

On 31 May 1947, he married Margaret “Peggy” Clark and they had four sons. He was active in the community, including service as President of the 1979 Canada Winter Games. He was a member of the Brandon Rotary Club and Royal Canadian Legion. He was inducted into the Order of Canada (1982) and he received the Order of Military Merit (1974), Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002), and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012).

He died at Brandon on 16 May 2016.


Obituary [Alexander Matheson], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 May 2016.

We thank Sandy Jasper for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 July 2021

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