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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Whitla “Bob” Richards (1909-1989)

Athlete, stockbroker.

Born at Winnipeg on 9 July 1909, son of Stanley Crawford Richards and Norah Anne Whitla (1888-?), grandson of Robert J. Whitla, he won many Canadian and international rowing titles, including the gold pairs medal (with his cousin Elswood Bole) at the 1930 British Empire Games. He worked for many years as a stockbroker, retiring in 1974 as a partner of Richardsons Securities Canada. Richards was Chair of the board of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Commodore of the Lake of the Woods Yacht Club, and President of the Winnipeg Rowing Club and Winnipeg Stock Exchange. He was a member of the Manitoba Club, St. Charles Country Club, Kenora Golf and Country Club, and Winnipeg Winter Club. He was elected to the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 1988. He died at Winnipeg on 19 May 1989.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 May 1989.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 October 2019

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