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Memorable Manitobans: Patrick Shea (1854-1933)

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Born in County Kerry, Ireland on 7 March 1854, son of Dennis Shea and Ellen Sullivan, he was educated in Ireland then emigrated to the United States in July 1870. He travelled all over the continent involved in railway bridge construction, including two years spent in Manitoba overseeing the water supply used in the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway line west of Oak Lake.

He came to Manitoba in March 1882 and started in the hotel business in 1884 by operating the Waverley Hotel, situated where the Canadian Pacific Railway Hotel later stood. He started in the brewing business in September 1887, in the firm of McDonagh & Shea. The plant was enlarged in 1904 and again in 1913; its output increased from 25 barrels daily to 500 barrels.

On 21 October 1884, he married Margaret Byrne of Winona, Minnesota. They had two sons: Frank Shea (1889-?) and Paul Shea (1895-?). He was a member of the Carleton Club.

He died at his Winnipeg residence, 140 Colony Street, on 8 July 1933 and was buried in the St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“Patrick Shea, one of west’s real pioneers, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 July 1933, page 5.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 June 2019

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