Memorable Manitobans: Arnold Keith Alexander (1921-1972)
Pilot, farmer, MLA (1958-1959), MLA (1959-1962), MLA (1963-1966), cleric.
Born at Russell on 12 January 1921, son of John Keith “Jack” Alexander (1887-1968) and Florence Hannah “Flossie” Cameron (1895-1987), and educated at Tummel School and the University of Manitoba, he served as a pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1941 to 1954. Following his military discharge, he farmed in the Tummel district until 1969. In 1970, he became a full-time lay minister for the United Church of Canada and, until shortly before his death, he served at Benito United Church and Kenville United Church (1970-1972).
Elected to the Manitoba Legislature in the 1958 provincial election, as the Progressive Conservative representative for the Roblin constituency, he was re-elected in 1959 and 1962. He did not stand for re-election in 1966.
He was married twice, first on 3 October 1946 to Josephine Frances “Jo” Dennis (1920-2010) of Beausejour from whom he was divorced in January 1966. His second marriage was to Ruby Alexander. He had no children. He was a member of the Masons and Royal Canadian Legion.
He died at Kenville on 18 December 1972 and was buried in the Deer Park Cemetery.
Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Weddings,” Springfield Leader, 3 September 1946, page 5.
“Six divorces granted,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 January 1966, page 22.
Obituary [John Keith Alexander], Roblin Review, 31 October 1968, page 4.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 January 1973, page 33.
Obituary [Josephine Alexander], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 June 2010.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 3 February 2022