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Memorable Manitobans: John Thomson (1851-1929)

Undertaker and embalmer.

Born at Caintown, Ontario on 1 June 1851, he apprenticed as an undertaker then worked in the business until 1879 when he came to Winnipeg. He established the firm of J. Thomson & Company in the spring of 1882. In 1873, he married Annie M. Ferguson of Brockville, Ontario. They had thirteen children, eight of whom lived to adulthood: John F. Thomson, Janet Thomson, Maggie Maud Thomson, Ethel Thomson, Ella May Thomson, Robert B. Thomson, Ruba Shela Thomson, and George P. Thomson. He was a member of the AF & AM (32nd degree Scottish Rite) and a Shriner, and also a member of the AOUW and IOOF. He died at Winnipeg on 27 May 1929.


A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

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

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 August 2016

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