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Memorable Manitobans: Maurice Evans Ridley (1912-1960)

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Maurice Evans Ridley
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Merchant, MLA (1957), MLA (1958-1959), MLA (1959-1960).

Born at Manitou in 1912, son of John Sutherland Ridley and Sarah Edna Kealey (1887-1960), he worked as a cattle buyer and spent five years with the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps during the Second World War. He served as Mayor of Manitou from 1948 to 1957. He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature for the Pembina constituency, in a by-election in 1957, being re-elected in 1958 and 1959. In July 1958, he was named party whip and caucus chairman. In December 1959, he was appointed Minister of Municipal Affairs, serving until September 1960.

On 1 January 1948, he married teacher Lola McDowell (1913-2001) and they had a son and two daughters.

He died at Manitou on 2 October 1960 and was buried in the Manitou Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Red Bridge / Maurice Ridley Bridge (Pembina River, Municipality of Pembina)

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Western Municipal News, October 1960, page 29.

“M. E. Ridley, provincial cabinet minister, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 October 1960, page 1.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 October 1960, page 22.

Obituary [Lola Ridley], Brandon Sun, 10 February 2001, page 17.

Members of the Legislative Assembly (deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.

We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 April 2021

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