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Memorable Manitobans: John Paton (1857-1935)


Born at Dairy, Ayrshire, Scotland on 6 March 1857, son of George and Janet Paton, he was educated at the High School and Andersonian University of Glasgow, Scotland. He came to Canada in 1874 and, as of 1877, worked as a junior clerk at the London and Ontario Investment Company in Toronto. By 1901, he was Superintendent of Real Estate at the Toronto General Trusts Corporation. In 1910, he was appointed Manager of its Winnipeg branch (395 Main Street) and, in August 1928, was promoted to Superintendent of all the bank branches in western Canada. He retired in March 1932.

In 1882, he married Annie Taylor Carrie of Toronto with whom he had three sons and one daughter. He was a member of the Manitoba Club, St. Charles Country Club, National Club (Toronto), Victoria Club (Toronto), Royal Canadian Yacht Club (Toronto), and Augustine United Church. His recreations included curling, lawn bowling, and golf. In 1911, the family lived at 19 Kennedy Street and later at 200 Dromore Avenue, Winnipeg.

He died at Winnipeg on 9 October 1935 and was buried in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery at Toronto.


Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“John Paton dies; burial will be made in Toronto, Winnipeg Free Press, 10 October 1935, page 3.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 November 2013

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