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Memorable Manitobans: William Morris Noble (1889-1950)

Lawyer, sportsman.

Born in the Rural Municipality of South Cypress on 27 July 1889, son of William Noble and Susan “Susie” Fleming, he came to Winnipeg from Glenboro around 1906. Educated at Wesley College, he was a barrister with the Noble and Inkster legal firm. Associated with hockey circles, he assisted in the organization of both the Manitoba and Canadian Hockey Associations and was once President of the Manitoba Association. Often an officiator in hockey games, he played with the Wesley hockey team and later with the Varsity and Winnipeg clubs. He was additionally a member of the executive of the provincial association representing senior clubs and was the originator of the motion that introduced six-man hockey in Manitoba.

A member of the AF & AM (Fidelity Lodge No. 14), he also belonged to the Royal Arch Masons and Scottish Rite. He enjoyed curling and was active in the Granite Curling Club, which he served as secretary in 1931. Later in his life, he and his wife Jean resided in the Wiltshire Apartments.

He died at The Pas on 6 July 1950 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“City lawyer, William Noble dies at The Pas,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 July 1950. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 147]

Obituary [Vera Kathleen Noble], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 April 1970, page 30.

We thank Ralph McLean for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden.

Page revised: 29 November 2020

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