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Memorable Manitobans: Edward Rupert Whitehead (1910-2010)


Born at Winnipeg on 16 April 1910, son of Edward Ross Whitehead (1867-1930) and Frances Julia Davis (1876-1969), he was known in figure skating circles, having captured the 1932 Canadian Junior Men’s Figure Skating championship. He was later a professional skater and teacher, being featured skating on his 100th birthday. He was instrumental in establishing the Winnipeg Ice Club where he taught figure skating. In recognition of his contributions to development of the sport of figure skating, he was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. He was Executive Director of the Manitoba Safety Council and promoted defensive driving throughout the province. On 11 November 1938, he married Merle Yvonne Keeler (1913-1991) at Winnipeg and they had three sons. He and his wife resided at 112 West Gate (c1949) and in the former Nanton Gatehouse (1980s). He was an active member of the Winnipeg Winter Club. He died at Winnipeg on 30 October 2010.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Harvey House (112 West Gate, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Nanton Estate Gates / Gatehouse (229 Roslyn Road, Winnipeg)


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Former head of Trust and Loan Company passes,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 January 1930, page 1.

Obituary [Frances Julia Whitehead], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 January 1969, page 31.

Obituary [Merle Yvonne Whitehead], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 September 1991, page 32.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 November 2010.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 May 2019

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