Memorable Manitobans: Alan C. Wade (1923-2013)
Railwayman, municipal official, community activist.
Born at Winnipeg on 9 September 1923, he was educated at Cecil Rhodes School. During the Second World War, he served from 1943 to 1946 in the Royal Canadian Air Force, working as an airframe mechanic at the No. 3 Wireless Flying Squadron at Winnipeg. He later apprenticed as a coach and locomotive painter with the Canadian Pacific Railway and then took a correspondence course in painting and decorating from the University of British Columbia (1946-1947). He worked with the railway for 43 years, including a four-year term as a Budget Analyst.
He joined the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen of Canada and the United States in 1947 and represented the union at the founding of the New Democratic Party in Ottawa. He was a long-time associate of Stanley Knowles, serving as his campaign chairman and assistant for eight years. In 1962, he was nominated by Howard Pawley to run for Winnipeg City Council and was first elected in 1963, serving for 28 years. He took special interest in the Winnipeg General Hospital (later the Health Sciences Centre) and served for nine years on its Board. In 1983, he was appointed to the Municipal Hospitals Commission.
He died at Winnipeg on 7 December 2013.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 December 2013
We thank Frances Kasper for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 28 December 2013
Back to top of page