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Memorable Manitobans: Isaac Rice (1911-1969)

Lawyer, judge.

Born in Winnipeg in 1911, he graduated from the Manitoba Law School in 1933 then articled from 1934 to 1936 then practiced law in Winnipeg with Saul Greenberg. He was a Crown Attorney from 1948 to 1949. He was appointed a Provincial Court Magistrate in 1955, sitting at Beausejour, Whitemouth, and Lac du Bonnet. In December 1960, he replaced C. W. Tupper in the Winnipeg magistrate’s court, serving until his death. He was named the “most outstanding and progressive municipal judge in North America” (1962) and was made a Queen’s Counsel (1964) although he was also known to be outspoken on socially sensitive matters. He and wife Minnie Greenberg (?-2000) had one daughter. He died suddenly at his cottage at Whytewold Beach on 4 August 1969 and was buried in the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.


“City magistrate dies suddenly,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 August 1969, page 1.

Obituary [Minnie Rice], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 March 2000, page 54.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 May 2015

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