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Memorable Manitobans: Henry Lewis Patmore (1861-1946)


Born at Essex, England on 10 April 1861, son of R. L. Patmore and Emma Ford, he first moved to London, Ontatrio and later lived in British Columbia. He purchased a tree nursery at Brandon in 1888, in partnership with J. Brock, and became a leading exponent of shelterbelts and tree planting. He served as a Brandon city alderman for ten years during which he embarked on a personal crusade to beautify the city by promoting tree plantings along the boulevards.

On 11 July 1902, he married Alice Maud Mary Ball (1866-1947). They had five children: Richard Henry Patmore, Marianne Patmore (1903-1999), Elizabeth Maud Patmore (b 1905, wife of W. Westaway), Muriel May Patmore, and W. Alsop Patmore. He was the first chairman of the Ratepayers Association, served on the Provincial Exhibition Board, and was the first President of the Brandon Wheat Pool.

He died at Brandon on 13 April 1946 and was buried in Brandon Cemetery. He is commemorated by Patmore Drive in Brandon. He was inducted posthumously into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Brandon Cemetery, Online Search.

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

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 April 1946, page 6.

“Noted Brandon horticulturalist dies Saturday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 April 1946. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 June 2016

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