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Memorable Manitobans: John Elmer Woods (1892-1980)

Business executive.

Born at Toronto, Ontario on 16 August 1892, son of John Woods and Mary Ann Thompson, he entered the insurance business and came to Winnipeg before 1920. He rose to the position of President of the real estate firm Oldfield, Kirby and Gardner, stepping down in 1954. He was later Chairman of the Canadian Committee for the Hudson’s Bay Company, and President of the Monarch Life Assurance Company. He chaired the province’s Civil Service Superannuation Board and was a member of the Board of Governors for St. John’s-Ravenscourt School. On 29 September 1921, he married Mary Elizabeth Townsend (1893-1968) at Winnipeg. They had one son. He died at his Winnipeg home on 9 January 1980 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.


Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Mary Elizabeth Woods], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 August 1968, page 28.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 January 1980, page 63.

“J. Elmer Woods,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 January 1980, page 11.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank James Arnett for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 January 2017

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