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Memorable Manitobans: Roy Wesley Webster (1894-1983)

Lawyer, magistrate.

Born at Portage la Prairie on 30 August 1894, son of John and Elizabeth Webster, he was educated locally then articled in law with E. A. MacPherson and E. G. Porter. He interrupted his legal education to enlist in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, serving overseas with the First Canadian Mounted Rifles. Discharged in 1917 after being wounded, he returned to Portage la Prairie and completed his articling then practiced with the firm until being appointed a police magistrate in January 1931. Two years later, he was made a deputy judge in the Winnipeg Juvenile Court, handling cases in the Portage area. He was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1955, the first police magistrate in Manitoba to receive the designation. He retired in 1956. On 1 July 1922, he married Olive Florence Francis (1895-1981) at Portage la Prairie and they had a son, John Allan Webster (1923-1989). He died at Winnipeg on 26 July 1983 and was buried in the Portage Hillside Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Prominent Conservative heads QC list,” Winnipeg Tribune, 31 December 1954, page 7.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 July 1983, page 33.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 July 2019

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