Memorable Manitobans: William Andrew Windatt (1860-1924)
Born at Bowmanville, Ontario on 31 December 1860, son of Richard Windatt and Janet Younie, he began his business career as a clerk in a Bowmanville branch of the Ontario Bank. He came to western Canada while a young man and worked in the banking and coal businesses at Port Arthur, Portage la Prairie, and Moose Jaw and also worked for a time for the Canadian Pacific Railway. Settling at Winnipeg in the early 1890s, he founded the Windatt Coal Company with which he remained involved for the remainder of his life. In 1896 he also became manager of the Home Investment Company, and he had a financial interest in several other companies, including Foothill Collieries.
On 6 July 1887, at Oxford County, Ontario, he married Elizabeth Ann Shedden. They had five children: Florence Shedden Windatt (b 1888), Constance Windatt (b 1891), Arthur Enderton Windatt (b 1895), Richard Donaldson Windatt (b 1901), and Margaret Windatt (b 1906). He was a member of the Manitoba Club, St. Charles Country Club, Holy Trinity Church, and the Masons.
His Winnipeg residence was designed by architect J. H. G. Russell.
He died at his Winnipeg home, after a lengthy illness, on 5 March 1924. He was buried in St. Johns Cemetery.
Marriage registration, Ancestry.
“W. A. Windatt, Local Pioneer, Called By Death: Prominent Business Man of Winnipeg Passes Away After Brief Illness” Newspaper clipping (no source) dated 5 March 1924. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]
Crescentwood, A History by R. R. Rostecki, Winnipeg: Crescentwood Home Owners Association, 1993.
“W. A. Windatt Dies After Long Illness” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 March 1924, page 6.
Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Page revised: 30 May 2009
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