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Memorable Manitobans: Edward Duncan “Ed” Menzies (1923-1980)

Farmer, municipal official.

Born at Oakburn in 1923, son of Florence Williamson (1886-1982) and John Edward Menzies (1881-1954), he attended Wheatfield School and Oakburn School. During the Second World War, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and trained as a pilot but, due to illness, he returned to farm with his brother John. In 1952, he bought land at Basswood and farmed it until his death. Elected a councillor for the Rural Municipality of Saskatchewan in 1955, he served for twenty years as Reeve (1960-1980). He was also a member of the Minnedosa Hospital Board, Veterinary Clinic Board, Basswood Hall Board, and Basswood Pool Elevator Board. In 1973, he became the postmaster at Basswood. He died accidentally near Basswood on 28 April 1980, leaving a widow and four children, and was buried in the Basswood Cemetery.

Sources:

Marriage registration [Florence Williamson], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 May 1980, page 68.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Margaret Bell for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 May 2017

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