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Memorable Manitobans: Kristjan Fredric Stefanson (1944-2016)

Lawyer, judge.

Born at Eriksdale on 14 May 1944, son of Eric and Sigrun Stefanson, his childhood was mostly spent at Gimli. He graduate from the Gimli High School in 1962 then received BA (1966) and LLB (1969) degrees from the University of Manitoba. He was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1970. He practiced law with Aikins, MacAulay, Thorvaldson before moving to Brandon in 1971. He became a Crown Attorney in 1973. He was a judge on the Provincial Court from 1979 to 1993, serving as Chief Judge from 1988 to 1993. Appointed a Puisne Judge on the Court of Queen’s Bench in 1988, he retired in 2008. Proud of his Icelandic roots, he took more than 40 trips to Iceland, and was actively involved with several Icelandic Canadian cultural organization, including Logberg Heimskringla. He died at Winnipeg on 2 March 2016.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 March 2016.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 March 2016

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