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Memorable Manitobans: William Russell (?-1974)

Police officer.

Born in Scotland, he immigrated to Canada in 1927, settled in St. Boniface, and joined the St. Boniface Police Department that same year. He served as Police Chief from June 1960 until retiring July 1968, having served in uniform a total of 41 years and 2 months, including tenure as Chairman of the Safety Committee of St. Boniface. In October 1968, he unsuccessfully contested a seat on City Council against incumbent Curtis Johnathan Gee. He was a member of the St. Andrew’s Society and John Howard Society. He married Jessie Letham (c1904-1979) and they had two children. He died at his St. Boniface residence, 195 Pinedale Avenue, on 7 October 1974 and was buried in the St. Vital Cemetery. He was commemorated by William Russell School in the Windsor Park neighbourhood of Winnipeg.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: William Russell School / Louis Riel School Division Resource Centre (50 Monterey Road, Winnipeg)


Saint-Boniface, Manitoba, Canada Centennial Year 1967, by Robert C. Wilson, 1967. [Le Centre du patrimoine of La Société historique de Saint-Boniface]

“4 seek Mayor’s job in St. Boniface,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 October 1968, page 3.

“Ex-Police Chief loses Council bid,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 October 1968, page 37.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 October 1974, page 49.

Obituary [Jessie Russell], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 November 1979, page 29.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 27 August 2020

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