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Memorable Manitobans: James Marnie Speirs (1888-1958)


Born at Winnipeg on 7 June 1888, son of John Tully Speirs and Susan Marnie (1863-1928), he succeeded his father as President of the Speirs Parnell Baking Company, later becoming part of Weston Bakeries Limited. He was also a director of Modern Dairies Limited. On 6 November 1926, he married Myra Gladys Leight (1896-1977) and they had one daughter, Olga Speirs (wife of Griffith L. Miles). They family lived at 184 West Gate (1928-?). He was a member of the Winnipeg Rotary Club, Masons (St. John’s Lodge), and St. Andrew’s Society. He died at the Winnipeg home of his sister, 6 Middle Gate, on 8 October 1958 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Speirs House (184 West Gate, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Speirs House (6 Middle Gate, Winnipeg)


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 October 1958, page 10.

Obituary [Myra Gladys Speirs], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 December 1977, page 39.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 August 2020

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