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Memorable Manitobans: Richard Noonan (1873-1962)

Businessman, gardener.

Born in Macroom, County Cork, Ireland on 22 August 1873, son of John Noonan (1848-1915) and Catherine O’Riordan (1856-1923), his father emigrated to Canada in 1882 and established a large-scale market garden on Princess Avenue in Brandon. His family joined him in 1885.

Richard served in the Manitoba Dragoons during the Boer War (1898-1902) and in the 99th Regiment of the Manitoba Rangers (1913-1914). On 25 October 1910, he married Clara Mellor (1886-1959) and they subequently had five sons: Harry Noonan, Richard Noonan, Bernard Noonan, Carl Noonan, and Hagar Noonan. From 1920 to 1944, he was the Head Gardener for the Brandon Mental Hospital.

He died on 18 June 1962 and was buried in the Brandon Municipal Cemetery.


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

This page was prepared by Judy Nixon and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 March 2014

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