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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander “Sandy” Pfimister (c1886-1963)


Born in Edinburgh, he attended Heriot-Watt College and came to Winnipeg in 1907. He worked the vaudeville circuit in Canada and the United States as a “Scotch Comedian” for some years. During World War One he served as a sergeant major in the 43rd Cameron Highlanders, singing with the Dumbells and with the 43rd Pipe and Drum Band. He was invalided home to Deer Lodge Hospital in 1918. After the war he became an entertainer on the charity circuit. He was also a vocalist on Winnipeg’s first radio show, broadcast on 17 April 1922. He appeared with Ernie Holden (?-1943) as “Alec and Sandy,” doing Scottish comic dialogues. He retired from the stage in 1962. He died in Winnipeg.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 February 2014

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