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Memorable Manitobans: Leo Francis McCarthy (1890-1965)

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Leo Francis McCarthy
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Born at La Peer, Michigan on 16 June 1890, son of Timothy and Mary McCarthy, he was educated at the public schools and St. Joseph's College of Buffalo, New York. He joined his father's livestock brokerage business in 1908. The following year, he became a salesman with the Winnipeg office of livestock brokers Rice and Whaley. In 1911, he became a cattle buyer with Swift Canadian and, in 1913, joined the livestock brokerage firm of Carson, Wood and Weiller (known later as Wood, Weiller and McCarthy).

In 1921, he became General Manager of the Drewery Brewery at Main and Redwood streets, rising to become Vice-President and Managing Director in January 1924. He retired from business in 1940 and moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1943.

On 2 August 1913, he married Sadie Olivia O'Donahue (?-?, daughter of Richard O'Donahue) at Winnipeg and they had five children: Timothy Joseph McCarthy (1915-?), James Dormer McCarthy (1917-?), John A. McCarthy (?-?), Donald McCarthy (?-?), and Mary Jo McCarthy (?-?). He was a member of the Carleton Club, Rotary Club, Winnipeg Golf Club, Elmhurst Golf Club, Knights of Columbus, and St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church. He was one of the founders and a President of the Winnipeg Football Club. His recreations included golf and motoring. The family resided at 336 Dromore Avenue (c1927) and 54 Yale Avenue (1928-1941).

He died at Buffalo, New York on 16 December 1965 and was buried at Canisius, New York.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Cross House (54 Yale Avenue, Winnipeg)


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“McCarthy - O'Donahue,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 August 1913, page 7.

Who's Who in Canada, 1927.

“Letter dated Oct., 1942 received from Hong Kong,” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 September 1943, page 13.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press,

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 September 2021

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