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Memorable Manitobans: Laurence Vinton “Laurie” Smith (1891-1974)

Businessman, community activist.

Born at Southampton, England, he emigrated to Canada in 1904 and settled at Franklin, Manitoba. He later moved to Russell and then to Brandon where, in 1930, he became employed with the Brandon Sun. Two years later, he became Advertising Manager of the newspaper, holding the position until retirement in 1958.

During the First World War, he served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force and was award the Military Cross. After returning to Canada, he began active work with the Army-Navy Veterans and later the Royal Canadian Legion. During the Second World War, he was a Captain in the Veterans Guard. He was a long-time member of the Rotary Club and St. Mary’s Anglican Church. As People’s Warden and Rector’s Warden of the latter, he prepared weekly service bulletins and church newsletters, and drew memorial illuminations that hung on the church walls. In 1965, he was given a Golden Boy Award for meritorious community service.

He died at Brandon on 13 November 1974 and was buried in the Veteran’s Section of Brandon Cemetery.


“Golden Boys honor 12 Manitobans”, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 November 1965.

Obituary, Brandon Sun, 15 November 1974, page 16.

We thank Avril Oglesby Cude for providing additional information used in this profile.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 August 2011

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