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Memorable Manitobans: James Arthur “Art” Tooth (1924-2007)

Athlete, businessman.

Born at Oakville on 16 May 1924, son of John Tooth (1886-1969) and Sarah Emma Willoughby (1891-1964), at the age of 19 he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and served in England, India, Ceylon, and Burma. In 1948, he tried out as a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals but was deemed too old. He joined the Canadian Ukrainian Athletic Centre Blues and led them to the 1952 provincial championship in the Manitoba Senior League. In 2004, he was inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1950, he received an agriculture degree from the University of Manitoba. Over a 30-year career, he worked for Pioneer Grain Limited, retiring as Vice-President of country operations, responsible for operating 450 grain elevators across the prairies and three terminals in Montreal, Thunder Bay, and Vancouver. He died at Winnipeg on 22 April 2007 and was buried in the Oakville Cemetery.


Marriage registration [John Tooth], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 April 2007.

“They left their mark,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 December 2007, page B3.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 June 2014

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