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Memorable Manitobans: John Douglas “Jack” Ruttan (1889-1973)

Engineer, hockey player.

Born at Winnipeg on 5 April 1889, son of Henry Norlande Ruttan and Andrina Barberie (1847-1941), he was educated at the Winnipeg Collegiate, St. John’s College, and the University of Manitoba, graduating from the latter with a degree in Civil Engineering. He played on the 1913 Allan Cup team and was inducted to the Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame (1962). In 1915, he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force and, on 7 August 1915, married Elleonora Francis Mary McDonald (?-?) in Winnipeg and they later had a son, J. M. Ruttan. After his military discharge, he returned to Winnipeg and founded Chipman Chemicals Limited in 1928, serving as its Manager and President until retirement in 1957. He was a member of the Engineering Institute of Canada, Canadian Agricultural Chemical Association, Canadian Railway Club, Navy League of Canada, Manitoba Club (President, 1951-1952), and St. Charles Country Club. He died at the Deer Lodge Hospital on 7 January 1973 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 January 1973, page 28.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 July 2021

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