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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Vincent Pemble Smith (1861-1937)

Civil servant.

Born near Lower Fort Garry on 4 June 1861, son of William Robert Smith and Ann Omand (1833-1912), he served for 35 years as a provincial civil servant, first with the grand jury at the law courts and, when it was dissolved, as Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms of the Manitoba Legislature. Following the death of John McDougall in 1929, he was appointed Sergeant-at-Arms in April 1930, serving until his own death.

On 7 July 1886, he married Dolena Munroe in the RM of Rockwood. They had seven children: Jessie Ann Smith (b 1886), Frances Dolena Smith (b 1888, wife of W. E. McCrea), Nancy Thomsena Smith (b 1890), John William Smith (b 1891), Harland Smith (b 1896), Ellen Smith (b 1899), and Vera Smith (b 1912).

He died suddenly at his Winnipeg home, 749 Warsaw Avenue, on 30 June 1937 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1916 Canada census, Ancestry.

“Bearer of mace is dead”, Winnipeg Free Press, 2 July 1937, page 1.

William Robert Smith, HBC Biographical Sheets.

We thank Lynne Bootes for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 April 2012

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