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Memorable Manitobans: Harold Balfour Shaw (1873-1944)

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Harold Balfour Shaw
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Banker, community activist.

Born in Quebec on 31 January 1873, he worked as a bank manager in Saskatchewan before coming to Winnipeg where he rose to become Vice-President and General Manager of the Union Bank of Canada. He was also described as an “active member of welfare and service organizations” in Winnipeg. He was a founding director of the Lakeside Fresh Air Camp for Children on Lake Winnipeg. He was married to Alice Jane May Grisdale (1875-1958, daughter of John Grisdale). They had no children. Shaw died at his Winnipeg home, 236 Roslyn Road, on 5 December 1944 and was buried in the St. John’s Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Harold Balfour Shaw,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 December 1944, page 4.

“Mrs. Alice Shaw dies in hospital,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 November 1958, page 24.

We thank Greg Ferguson for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 August 2021

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