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Memorable Manitobans: George Frederick Sykes (1874-1947)

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Born at Wantage, Berkshire, England on 2 March 1874, son of George Cawthorne and Annie Sykes, he apprenticed as a builder then emigrated to Manitoba, arriving in July 1896. Soon after he moved to Brandon where he worked as an architectural draftsman under architect W. H. Shillinglaw. In 1900, he was appointed Assistant Treasurer and tax collector for the City of Brandon, holding these positions until August 1905 when be became Secretary-Treasurer for the city. These duties were separated in 1907 and he continued as City Treasurer.

On 22 May 1901, he married Mary Emily Handley, daughter of W. J. and Hannah Handley, of Brandon. They had two sons: Frederick Loyola Sykes and Ernest Ralph Sykes. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias, Brandon Club, and honorary captain and paymaster of the 99th Manitoba Rangers.

He died on 9 November 1947 and was buried in Brandon Cemetery. He is commemorated by Sykes Boulevard in Brandon.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 November 2011

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