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Memorable Manitobans: James Grange “Jim” McFee (1907-1987)

Accountant, civil servant.

Born at Winnipeg on 20 August 1907, son of Harry C. McFee (1880-?) and Dulsie B. Patterson (1885-?), he attended Lord Roberts School and Kelvin High School before graduating from the University of Manitoba (BA, 1928). On 9 July 1932, he married Madeline Gertrude Bretz at the Crescent - Fort Rouge United Church and they had three children: Maureen McFee (wife of Leo St. Laurent), Robert McFee, and Harry McFee.

After articling at Price Waterhouse, he earned his Chartered Accountancy in 1934 and entered private practice at Dauphin. There, he was a charter member (1938) and President (1938-1939) of the Dauphin Lions Club before they returned to Winnipeg in 1940. That same year, he joined the provincial civil service and worked at the Controller-General’s Branch. He held the positions of Chief Accountant, Assistant Deputy Minister (1955-?, Provincial Treasurer/Finance Department), Comptroller General, and was the first Provincial Auditor. He retired in September 1972 and was succeeded by William Karl Ziprick. He served on the board of the Civil Service Superannuation Fund, Manitoba Sanitorium Board, and Civil Service Commission. In recognition of his community service, he was awarded the Canadian Centennial Medal (1967).

He died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 25 January 1987 and was buried in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Results of university examinations are announced,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 May 1928, page 5.

“Dauphin Lions Club elects McFee head,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 November 1938, page 2.

“Gillson urges University aid,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 March 1949, page 4.

“Mitchell Re-elected Bantam head [Jim McFee, Vice-President],” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 November 1952, page 15.

“J. G. McFee promoted in govt. service,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 July 1955, page 3.

“New Auditor for Manitoba,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 August 1972, page 2.

Anniversaries [Madeline & Jim McFee], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 July 1982, page 34.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 January 1987, page 18.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 2 July 2017

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