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Memorable Manitobans: Richard Joseph Swain (1874-1969)

Municipal official.

Born at Toronto, Ontario on 11 December 1874, son of Richard Swain and Annie Norwich. Educated at Toronto, Ontario, Baltimore, Maryland High Schools. He served as Mayor of St. Boniface, 1923 to 1929. By profession an electrical engineer. City Electrician for St. Boniface for thirteen years. Inspector of telegraphs, Canadian National Railways for two and a half years. Inspector Hydro, City of Winnipeg, two years. Vice-President, Winnipeg Roofing Company. Associate Member of Canadian Institute of Engineers of Canada.

He and wife Bella Rose Bisson (?-1962) had three daughters. He was a member of the Masons and the Kiwanis. His recreations included hunting and gardening. In 1925, he lived at 234 Dollard Boulevard, St. Boniface.

He died at Winnipeg on 9 May 1969.


Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 10 May 1969.

Page revised: 27 June 2009

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