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Memorable Manitobans: Harold Richard Parker (1906-1993)

Businessman, sports activist, municipal official.

Born at London, England on 10 September 1906, son of Harold Richard Parker (1878-1961) and Amy A. Parker (c1881-1976), he immigrated to St. Boniface with his family to Canada in 1910. He grew up in Norwood and attended Tache School and King George Fifth School. An avid golfer, he grew up playing golf on the Norwood golf course, and went on to be the last President of the Norwood Golf Club (1943-1948), as well as President (1946-1948) and Honourary Past President (1948-1950) of the Manitoba Golf Association, as well as Vice-President (1941-1942) and President (1942-1947) of the Winnipeg Badminton Club. He was also a member of the Norwood Old-timers’ Association, Manitoba Badminton Association, and Norwood Athletic Association in addition to serving as school trustee of the Norwood School District (1944-1950) and Councillor of Victoria Beach (1958-1962).

By 1944, he worked for the estate office of The Northern Trusts Company, and went on to be the Winnipeg Branch Manager (1949-1951) and General Manager (1951-?) before joining the Montreal Trust Company (MTC), where he served as the Winnipeg Manager of the Estates and Trusts Division (1954-?) until being appointing Manager of the MTC’s Edmonton office in 1959. He took employment with the firm of Wood Gundy & Company Limited by 1960. He was the Secretary of the Young Men’s Section of the Winnipeg Board of Trade.

On 25 May 1935, he married Frances Ruth Bowyer (1910-1998, daughter of Henry John Bowyer) at St. Philip’s Church in Norwood and had two children. The couple resided in Winnipeg until moving to Calgary, Alberta in 1986 where he died on 17 March 1993.


1911 & 1916 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

“Grandmother’s wedding ring is token of Parker-Bowyer vows,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 May 1935, page 9.

“Bride of Saturday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 May 1935, page 8.

“Mrs. Harold Richard Parker,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 May 1935, page 8.

Engagements [Amy Lester Parker - Edward John ”Dick” Brookes], Winnipeg Tribune, 14 November 1936, page 13.

Birth notice [Bryan Richard Parker], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 May 1937, page 22.

“Winnipeg remodels,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 October 1941, page 21.

“Peg Badminton Club names new official slate,” Winnipeg Tribune, 12 November 1943, page 17.

“Parker named President,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 November 1943, page 15.

[Photo caption], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 June 1944, page 10.

“Four candidates in Norwood are running for 3 vacancies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 November 1944, page 6.

“St. Boniface re-elects 3,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 November 1944, page 1.

“Norwood Golf Club will carry on next summer,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 November 1944, page 14.

“Inter-club golf champions,” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 June 1946, page 14.

“MacLean returned by acclamation,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 November 1946, page 1.

“Another ace features Victoria Day golfing,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 May 1947, page 14.

“Badminton Club names officers,” Winnipeg Tribune, 15 February 1947, page 15.

“2 Aldermen, 2 Trustees re-elected,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 November 1948, page 3.

“Bill Bickell re-elected golf head,” Winnipeg Tribune, 16 March 1949, page 18.

“J. R. Riley, President of Northern Trust,” Winnipeg Tribune, 12 February 1949, page 25.

“J. H. Riley heads Northern Trusts,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 February 1949, page 23.

“Northern Trusts Company,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 May 1951, page 29.

“Montreal Trust Company,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 May 1954, page 37.

[Photo caption, Harold R. Parker], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 April 1959, page 36.

“Parker - McQuaker,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 October 1959, page 12.

Obituary [Harold Richard Parker], Winnipeg Free Press, 16 February 1960, page 33.

“Two elected to Council at Beach,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 August 1960, page 2.

“Parker - Peter,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 August 1963, page 15.

Obituary [Henry John Bowyer], Winnipeg Free Press, 10 May 1965, page 27.

Obituary [Ethel Mary Bowyer], Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1973, page 24.

Obituary [Amy A. Parker], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 February 1976, page 67.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 March 1993, page C1.

Obituary [Frances Ruth Parker], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 June 1998, page C6.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 3 July 2016

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