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Memorable Manitobans: William Christopher Webber (1910-1963)

Sports manager.

Born at Niagara Falls, Ontario on 23 August 1910, son of Ethel and William George Webber, he came to Winnipeg in 1922. He managed the Winnipeg Junior Monarchs Hockey Club from 1931 to 1939, leading it to two Memorial Cup championships (1935, 1937). He was a member of the executive for the Winnipeg Rangers Athletic Club (1939-1942) and manager of the Winnipeg Junior Black Hawks Hockey Club (1947-1952), receiving three All-Star Team Manager Awards (1948-1950). From 1947 to 1963, he managed the Baldy Northcott sporting goods retail store on Portage Avenue opposite Eaton’s. During the Second World War, he served in the Canadian Navy, later transferring to the Fleet Air Arm (1943-1945). On 2 November 1935, he married Zella Mae O’Hare (1909-1985), daughter of John O’Hare. He died suddenly at Winnipeg on 29 July 1963 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Sources:

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 July 1963, page 20.

We thank Terry Webber for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 May 2018

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