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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 J. Wightman and Elizabeth Fox, he was educated at the Manitoba Collegiate and the 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 (?-?), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Thring, of Winnipeg. They had two children: Reginald Clive Wightman and Anita E. Wightman. He served as Chairman of the St. James School Board from 1936 to 1939, a member of the St. James municipal council from 1940 to 1961 and 1962 to 1971, and Mayor of St. James from 1945 to 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 (Winnipeg)


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1951.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 August 2018

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