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Memorable Manitobans: Brice Annan Miller McKay (1888-1957)

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Brice Annan Miller McKay
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Born at Montreal, Quebec on 27 July 1888, son of George Donald McKay and Prudentia Eleanor McClay (1857-1945), he moved with his family to Winnipeg in 1904. After beginning work in his father's business, G. D. McKay and Company, he was a successful national and international manufacturers' representative for many years. Among the companies he represented were British confectionary producers George Bassett & Company of Sheffield and Dunhill's Limited of Pontefract. Customers included such large firms as Eaton's. He was a long-time member of the North West Commercial Travellers' Association.

On 25 December 1912, he married Annie Jane “Nan” Crothers (1886-1967) of Glencoe, Ontario at Winnipeg. Together, they had four children: George Donald Bertram McKay (1915-1999), Elizabeth Adair “Betty” McKay (1914-2000, wife of Cecil Charles David Hinks and Malcolm A. McNish), Eleanor Ruth “Ellie” McKay (1922-1999, wife of Arthur Charles “Bill” Emmett) and Nancy Suzanne (1925-2013, wife of John Draper Perrin II). A long-time resident of Deer Lodge, he also owned a seasonal home on the Assiniboine River in the historic summer resort area of Woodhaven. An avid curler, he was a member of the Deer Lodge Curling Club. He was a member of the executive of the Winnipeg Philatelic Society, often serving as auctioneer at its events. A keen bridge player, he and his wife were close friends and regular players with Deer Lodge neighbours Frank and Nettie Lount.

He died on 5 January 1957 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary [George Donald McKay], Manitoba Free Press, 13 February 1929, page 21.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 January 1957, page 20.

This page was prepared by John Perrin and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 December 2020

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