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Memorable Manitobans: Margaret Byrne Shea (1859-1950)


Born at Quincy, Illinois on 15 October 1859, she married hotel businessman and brewery founder Patrick Shea in 1884 at Winona, Minnesota. She came to Winnipeg the same year. In July 1932, she became Lady Shea having received the medal of the Order of Gregory the Great from Archbishop A. A. Sinnott. This honour was in recognition of her and Mr. Shea’s work building Paul Shea Hall, an addition to St. Paul’s College. Mr. Shea was knighted for his efforts. A former resident of 140 Colony Street, she had two sons: Frank Shea (b 1889) and Paul Shea (b 1895). On 13 April 1950, she died at Misericordia Hospital in Winnipeg.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Mrs. Margaret Shea, city pioneer, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 14 April 1950. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 136]

This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 October 2014

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