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Memorable Manitobans: Reginald Frederick Wightman (1899-1981)

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Reginald Frederick Wightman
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Pharmacist, municipal official, MLA (1950-1953), MLA (1954-1957).

Born at Nesbitt on 28 May 1899, son of Joseph Wightman (1856-1935) and Elizabeth Fox (1859-1946), he was educated at the Manitoba Collegiate and University of Manitoba. He owned and operated the Deer Lodge Pharmacy, Charleswood Pharmacy, Wolseley Avenue Pharmacy, and Winnipeg Beach Drug Company. He retired in 1948.

On 5 July 1928, he married Alice Maud Thring (1904-1991, daughter of Charles L. Thring of Winnipeg) and they had two children: Reginald Clive Wightman and Anita E. Wightman (wife of Lawrence Schmidt). He served as Chairman of the St. James School Board (1936-1939), a member of the St. James municipal council (1940-1961, 1962-1971), and Mayor of St. James (1945-1954). He was first elected to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1949 general election, re-elected in 1953, serving until 1958 when he was defeated by Douglas Stanes. He was a member of the St. James Kiwanis Club, St. James Chamber of Commerce, Shriners, and St. James Anglican Church.

He died at Winnipeg on 23 January 1981.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Wightman Green (384 Linwood Street, Winnipeg)

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1951.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 January 1981, page 33.

Obituary [Alice Wightman], Winnipeg Free Press, 2 December 1991, page 19.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 July 2020

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