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Memorable Manitobans: Vivian Arthur V. McMeans (1885-1967)

Insurance agent.

Born at Winnipeg on 2 July 1885, son of Lendrum McMeans and Mary Beatrice Harris (1863-1945), at the age of 16 he started work in the office of Osler, Hammond and Nanton. He worked at the Imperial Bank from 1903 to 1907 then became manager of the Northern Crown Bank at Pierson, Manitoba. In late 1907 he was transferred to the bank’s north Winnipeg branch where he remained for three years. In 1910 he established the general insurance agency of Nash and McMeans in partnership with C. W. Nash. He bought out the interest of his partner in 1911 after which it was known as McMeans, Miller and Company. On 4 October 1911, he married Katherine Macdonald (c1890-1973), daughter of Daniel A. Macdonald of Winnipeg. They had one daughter. He was a member of the AF & AM (Assiniboine Lodge) and IOOF (Minnehaha Lodge No. 7). He died at Winnipeg on 5 August 1967 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 August 1967, page 13.

Obituary [Katherine McMeans], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 September 1973, page 18.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 October 2020

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