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Memorable Manitobans: Bernard Monroe “Barney” Stitt (1881-1949)

Forest engineer, municipal official, MP (1930-1935).

Born at Spencerville, Ontario on 17 October 1880, son of Robert Marshall Stitt and Fanny Adele Turner, he attended school at Spencerville, then became a forest engineer at The Pas in 1909. During the First World War, he served overseas with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. On 4 July 1910, he married Gladys West (1888-1966). Their two children Bernard Montgomery Stitt (1913-1923) and Alice Francis Mary “Mollie” Stitt (1914-1923) drowned at Pike Lake, near The Pas, in July 1923. He served as the Mayor of The Pas from 1921 to 1930, was elected to the House of Commons for Nelson in 1930. He was defeated in the 1935 general election. After leaving politics, he became a hotel owner. He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 21 March 1942, following an operation. He was buried in The Pas Lakeside Cemetery. He is commemorated by the Stitt siding on the Thicket Subdivision of the Hudson Bay Railway.


Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.

Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Six are dead by accidents,” Brandon Sun, 27 July 1923, page 1.

Obituary, Western Municipal News, April 1942, page 89.

“B. M. Stitt, pioneer of The Pas, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 March 1942. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

The Canadian Directory of Parliament, 1867-1967, edited by J. K. Johnson, Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa [Library and Archives Canada], 1968.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Ralph McLean for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 July 2018

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