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Memorable Manitobans: Irene Maud Swail (1903-2004)


Born at Medina, New York on 7 June 1903, to Maude and Arthur Coleman, she and her family lived in Toronto for a few years, then moved to Winnipeg in 1912. There she met William Watson Emerson Swail (1899-1975). They married in September 1924 and went on to have two children. Her favourite sport was golf and she was the first woman to win the Tribune Trophy in two consecutive years, 1937 and 1938. She was the Wildewood Club Ladies Champion in 1958 and 1959, and the Manitoba Senior Ladies Champion in 1958. Over the years, she served as a member of Elmhurst Golf Club, Southwood Golf and Country Club, Wildewood Club, Port Charlotte Golf Club (Florida), and Niakwa Country Club. Besides golf, she enjoyed gardening, sewing, and knitting. She and her husband spent their later years dividing their time between Winnipeg and Port Charlotte. She died at Winnipeg on 16 April 2004.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 April 2004.

This page was prepared by Lois Braun.

Page revised: 18 February 2021

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