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Memorable Manitobans: Harold Richard Pattinson (1852-1944)

Tax collector.

Born at London, Ontario on 14 October 1852, son of Richard Pattinson and Jessie MacQueen, he was educated at schools in Germany, France, Belgium, and England. On returning to Canada in 1877 he farmed near Chatham, Ontario for ten years. He took up residence at Winnipeg in August 1888, working as an accountant at various places until 1896 when he became employed with the city clerk’s office. In March 1908 he was appointed tax collector of Winnipeg, working until retirement in 1921.

On 1 January 1878, he married Jennie Elizabeth Passmore (1852-1897) of Brantford, Ontario. They had five children: Richard Randolph Pattinson, Arthur R. Pattinson (b 1881), Jessie Pattinson (b 1883), Norah Pattinson (b 1885), Oswald Pattinson (b 1887). After his wife’s death, he remarried, on 20 April 1906, to Lillian Isobel Dealtry of London, England. They had one daughter. In 1913, the family resided at 423 Maryland Street, Winnipeg. He was a member of the Adanac Club, Winnipeg Chess Club, Winnipeg Hunting and Fishing Club, and Over-Seas Club.

In retirement, he moved to Victoria, British Columbia, where he lived for twenty years. He returned to Winnipeg about a year before his death, which occurred at his home, 742 Somerset Avenue, on 2 January 1944. He was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

“H. R. Pattinson dies at age of 91”, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 January 1944, page 2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 February 2011

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