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Memorable Manitobans: Alan Travers Sweatman (1920-2012)


Born at Winnipeg on 9 December 1920, son of Travers Sweatman and Constance Winifred Newton (1879-1962), he studied law at the University of Manitoba, interrupted by service in the Canadian Navy during the Second World War. Returning afterward, he resumed his studies then articled with Isaac Pitblado. He practiced law with the firm of Pitblado Hoskin then became a partner in the firm of Thompson, Dewar, and Sweatman. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1962.

On 26 June 1943, he married Lorraine MacDonald at Winnipeg. They had six children. He served as President of the St. Charles Country Club (1965-1967) and President (1974-1975) and Life Bencher (1975-2012) of the Law Society of Manitoba. He served on the boards of numerous organizations, including the Convalescent Home of Winnipeg, Greyhound Bus Lines, Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting, and Toronto Dominion Bank. He was an advisor to Blackwoods Beverages and Inter-City Gas Corporation. He was a Liberal candidate for the Winnipeg North Centre constituency in the 1974 federal general election but was defeated by incumbent Stanley Knowles. He was Chairman of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews and an active member of the Save the Jets campaign in the 1990s.

He died at Winnipeg on 10 April 2012.


“Lorraine MacDonald marries Sub-Lieutenant A. Sweatman,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 June 1943, page 8.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 April 2012.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 April 2020

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