Memorable Manitobans: Edward Christopher Turner (1917-1992)
Insurance adjustor, municipal official.
Born at Transcona on 3 November 1917, he was educated at Transcona and Winnipeg. He worked as an insurance adjustor, first with the Dominion Group, and later with Continental Insurance, retiring in 1981 as a claims manager with the Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation (Autopac) which had been formed in 1972. He married Marguerite Garnier (1920-1972) in 1940 and lived for most of his life in St. Boniface, other than during a period of military service from 1941 to 1944. Elected to the St. Boniface city council in 1951, he served until 1954, then from 1960 to 1968 when he became the last Mayor of St. Boniface prior to the formation of Unicity, in 1971. During his term as Mayor, he helped to found the Festival du Voyageur to celebrate and promote French culture. He also served as President of the Norwood-St. Boniface Legion, President of the Canadian Insurance Claims Managers Association, Grand Knight of the Norwood Knights of Columbus, and a board member of the Manitoba Centennial Corporation. He died at St. Boniface on 25 July 1992, after a lengthy illness, and was buried in the Glen Lawn Memorial Gardens.
Obituary [Marguerite Turner], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 June 1972, page 14.
“Recalling a distinct society: Last St. Boniface Mayor remembers,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 July 1988, page 70.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 27 July 1992, page 23.
“Obituary: Edward Turner,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 July 1992, page 16.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 5 June 2019
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