Memorable Manitobans: Frederick William Briant Deer (1880-1926)
Born at Hungerford, England on 3 April 1880, second of six children of Thomas Henry Deer (1851-1923) and Alice Briant (1853-1931), as a young man he emigrated to South Africa. He later came to Canada, living first at Toronto, Ontario and later moving to Haileyburg, Ontario where he worked for eight years as a bookkeeper with the Imperial Oil Company. He later returned to Toronto in the employ of the Cataract Refining Company. In 1921 he came to Winnipeg as Secretary-Treasurer and General Sales Manager of the North Star Oil and Refining Company.
On 28 November 1904, he married Mary Ann Marwick (1880-1960) in Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and they had two daughters: Kathleen Alice Deer (1906-?) and Margaret Reid Deer (1907-1970, wife of ? Robson). The family lived at 94 Tyndall Avenue and later in the Alhambra Apartments. He was a member of the Winnipeg Board of Trade, Carleton Club, Manitoba Motor League, Masons, and Presbyterian church.
He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 3 March 1926 following a surgical procedure and was buried in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery at Toronto.
“F. W. Deer, oil firm’s sales manager, dead,” Manitoba Free Press, 4 March 1926, page 3. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]
Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
We thank Olive Lewenz for providing information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 15 August 2021