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Memorable Manitobans: William Stitt (1858-1942)

Commercial traveller.

Born in Magherafelt, Ireland on 8 January 1858, he came to Winnipeg in May 1882 and found employment with the wholesale firm of Lyon, McKenzie and Powis. As their western traveller his territory covered from Winnipeg to Golden, British Columbia. He was a member of the North West Commercial Travellers Association for 51 years, acting as director for many years and President in 1913. He was also a member of the United Commercial Travellers Association for 25 years. He was a trustee of St. Andrew’s United Church. He died on 29 June 1942 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery. His will provided a large bequest to the Winnipeg Foundation.


“William Stitt dies Monday in 85th year,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 July 1942. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 114]

Minute Book No. 1 (1921-1943), 21 August 1942, page 208, Winnipeg Foundation.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 March 2014

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