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Memorable Manitobans: George John Seale (1877-1924)

Banker, community activist.

Born at Kingston, Ontario on 1 June 1877, son of John and Elizabeth Seale, he worked for 15 years with the Royal Bank, coming to Winnipeg as manager of the Grain Exchange branch, after managing a branch at Niagara Falls, Ontario. At the outbreak of the First World War, he attempted to enlist but was refused on medical grounds. In early 1918, he became the first Commissioner of the Canadian Red Cross Society in Manitoba, coordinating the collection of aid for soldiers. He was a founder and first President of the River Heights Community Club. He died suddenly at his Winnipeg home, 346 Oak Street, on 29 January 1924 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery. He was survived by a wife and daughter.

Sources:

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“George J. Seale died suddenly last night,” Manitoba Free Press, 30 January 1924, page 1.

“Pay final tribute to late Geo. Seale,” Manitoba Free Press, 2 February 1924, page 6.

We thank Dianne Nolin for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 October 2014

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