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Memorable Manitobans: William Whyte (1883-1960)

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Born at Toronto, Ontario, 17 July 1883, son of William Whyte and Jane Whyte, he was educated at Upper Canada College in Toronto. He commenced his career as a clerk with the investment firm of Osler, Hammond & Nanton at Winnipeg, in 1902. By 1911, he was Manager of the Natural Resources Security Company, situated in the McArthur Building of Winnipeg. He was later President of the Manitoba and Saskatchewan Coal Company and the Sovereign Life Assurance Company.

On 4 September 1907, he married Marguerite Marie Blair (1884-1975), daughter of William Wallace Blair, of Winnipeg. They had four children: William Methven Whyte (1918-1973), Margaret Constance Whyte (?-?, wife of David P. Shepard), Noelle Whyte (?-?, wife of Vernon S. Barnes), and Jane Aileen Whyte (?-1962). He served on the board for United College and was Chairman of the Sanatorium Board of Manitoba (1954-1957). He was a member of the Manitoba Club and the Lakewood Country Club. His recreations included hockey, golf, and football. His Winnipeg residence at 66 Kingsway Street was designed by his architect father-in-law.

He died at Winnipeg on 30 August 1960 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.


Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

“Sanatorium Board names new head,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 June 1954, page 16.

“Funeral held for William Whyte, 77,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 September 1960, page 5.

Obituary [Marguerite Marie Whyte], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 January 1975, page 27.

Crescentwood, A History by R. R. Rostecki, Winnipeg: Crescentwood Home Owners Association, 1993.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 April 2018

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