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Memorable Manitobans: James Ernest “Jim” Setter (1930-1990)


Born at Selkirk on 7 September 1930, son of farmers Earnest Setter (1899-1968) and Roberta Frances Kirkness (1902-1984), a descendant of Andrew Setter, his early education was at Clandeboye School and at Selkirk. After attending high school, he moved to Winnipeg and worked at Canada Trust and Manitoba Telephone System. He received BA and LTh degrees from St. John's College and an MA in English Literature from the University of Manitoba. He was ordained an Anglican deacon in May 1962 and a priest in January 1963.

He served as St. Luke’s Anglican Church, St. Thomas Anglican Church, St. John the Baptist Anglican Church (1966-1967), St. John’s Epsom (Surrey, England), St. Mark’s Anglican Church, University Chaplain (University of Manitoba), and All Saints Anglican Church (1973, 1976-1981). In 1982, he was appointed Rector of St. John’s Anglican Cathedral and Dean of the Ruperts Land Diocese.

He was married to Idella Jane “Della” Aitkens with whom he had three children.

He died at Winnipeg in June 1990 and was buried in the St. John's Cathedral Cemetery.


Marriage registration [Ernest Setter, Roberta Kirkness], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death registrations [Earnest Setter, Roberta Frances Setter], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 June 1990, page 42.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 May 2020

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