Memorable Manitobans: John Stuart Wallace (1923-2007)
Farmer, municipal official, school official.
Born at Winnipeg on 2 July 1923, son of Robert Wallace (1878-1964) and Mina McCaw (1885-1983), he was a life-long resident of the Niverville area, attending Kingswood School, Niverville School, and St. James Collegiate. During the Second World War, he volunteered for the Royal Canadian Air Force (1940-1945), took training at Brandon and Arnprior (Ontario), and earned the rank of Pilot Officer before heading overseas. There he worked as a navigator on Halifax and Lancaster bombers and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, presented to him at Buckingham Palace by King George VI in 1945.
In June 1945, he married Cicely Garton (1923-2013) in England and, following an honourable military discharge, returned to Niverville later that same year where he took up farming. The couple had five sons and a daughter. A school trustee of the Kingswood School District, he also organized the local 4H Club (1959), a beef club, and seed club. He served the Rural Municipality of Ritchot as Councillor (1960-1968) and Reeve (1968-1973, 1986-1992). He was the Northern Coordinator for the Provincial Department of Northern Affairs (1972-1986). Active in his community, he was a trustee and elder of the Niverville United Church as well as an executive member of the ANAF Unit 304 (President, 1975-1978) at Ste. Agathe.
He died at the St. Pierre hospital on 4 June 2007.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 June 2007, page 50.
Obituary [Cicely Wallace], Winnipeg Free Press, 16 November 2003.
Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Gordon Goldsborough and Chantal Klassen for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 9 November 2019
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