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Memorable Manitobans: Sigurstein Aleck Thorarinson (1921-1998)

Lawyer, community activist.

Born at Gimli on 21 February 1921, son of Metusalem Jonsson Thorarinson and Sigridur Katrin Sigurros Davidson (1890-1954), he received a BSc degree from the University of Manitoba (1942) and a law degree from the Manitoba Law School (1949). He practiced law in Winnipeg for 37 years.

He and wife Emily “Terry” Isliefson (1926-1968) had two daughters and a son, Kimmer “Kim” Thorarinson (1950-1993). He was Preident of the Icelandic Celebration Committee, Treasurer of the Canadian Iceland Foundation, board member of the Betel Home Foundation, President of the North American Press (Logberg Heimskringla), and Vice-President of the Icelandic National League. In recognition of his community service, he was created Knight of the Order of the Falcon by the Government of Iceland (1964). He served as Icelandic Consul for the three prairie provinces and became Consul-General in 1975.

He died at his Winnipeg home on 10 September 1998.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Emily Thorarinson], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 June 1968, page 22.

Obituary [Kimmer Thorarinson], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 June 1993, page 35.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 September 1998, page 38.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 June 2022

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