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Memorable Manitobans: William Thomas “Bill” Snowdon (1916-2005)

Businessman, municipal official.

Born at East Kildonan on 28 April 1916, son of William George Snowdon (c1883-1935) and Lillian Anne Patterson (1891-1985), he was educated locally and entered the family bicycle shop business at 255 Kelvin Street [Henderson Highway]. Following the Second World War, he and his brother Tom founded W & T Snowdon Furniture and Appliance in East Kildonan. He served on the East Kildonan municipal council (1948-1959) and was Chairman of Public Works as well as Acting Mayor (1958). He was also a member of the East Kildonan School Board, Kiwanis Club, and Chairman of the Winnipeg and St. Boniface Harbour Commission (1954-1961). He and his wife Martha had three daughters and three sons. He died at the Deer Lodge Centre on 6 November 2005.

Sources:

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Automobile kills hockey leader Geo. W. Snowdon,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 July 1935, pages 1 and 5.

“Gray will stand trial on charge of manslaughter,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 September 1935, page 8.

“Gray case to go to Assize jury today,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 November 1935, pages 1 and 8.

“East Kildonan increases its Standing Committees,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 January 1953, page 3.

“Snowdon heads Harbor Commission,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 April 1954, page 26.

“Snowdon is Acting Mayor,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 January 1958, page 10.

“Erosion of banks viewed,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 July 1961, page 1.

“In memory of Lillian Anne Snowdon,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 September 1985, page 15.

Obituary [Lillian Anne Snowdon], Winnipeg Free Press, 16 September 1985, page 28.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 November 2005, page 43.

We thank Jim Smith for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 4 November 2017

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