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Memorable Manitobans: Frank G. Smith (c1916-1990)

Lawyer, judge.

Born and raised in Winnipeg, he served overseas with the First Canadian Special Wireless in the Second World War. Returning to Winnipeg, in 1951 he graduated with a law degree from the University of Manitoba. He began his law career at Dawson City (Yukon), later moving to Whitehorse (Yukon), Ottawa (Ontario), and Yellowknife (North West Territories) where he served a variety of roles, including land titles registrar, legal draftsman, and legal advisor to the Yukon and NWT legislatures. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1972, Magistrate in 1974, then Chief Judge of the North West Territories. He retired to Winnipeg Beach in 1978. While in Manitoba, he presided as a Provincial Court Judge. He later moved to Pender Island, British Columbia where he died at his home on 4 October 1990.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 10 April 1990, page 37.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 April 2017

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