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Memorable Manitobans: Arthur James Vincent (1913-1998)

Aviator, businessman.

Born at Toronto, Ontario in 1913, he learned to fly while working for Inco. During the Second World War he was a flying instructor for the Royal Canadian Air Force, becoming chief instructor of the Air Commonwealth Training Program. He moved to Winnipeg after the war and became a grain dealer, serving as President of Smith, Vincent and Company Limited from 1958.

He married widow Patricia Milroy Murphy McIvor (1919-1989, daughter of William Arthur Murphy) and they had five children: Kitson Vincent, Barry Vincent, Paul Vincent, Gerald Vincent, and Constance Vincent. Active in community philanthropy, he headed the Murphy Foundation, which contributed to many Winnipeg cultural institutions. He was a director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Vice-President of the Winnipeg General Hospital. He received a Distinguished Service Award from the University of Manitoba (1985). He was active in the summer life of Victoria Beach. He died on 10 November 1998.


“3 Winnipeg airmen killed in action aboard,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 August 1942, page 11.

Obituary [Patricia Vincent], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 September 1989, page 34.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

We thank James Arnett and Kitson Vincent for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 March 2020

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