Memorable Manitobans: Benjamin Draper Deering (1848-1926)
Merchant, civil servant, community activist.
Born at Montreal, Quebec on 18 January 1848, he worked as a boot and shoe merchant at Port Hope, Ontario before coming to Winnipeg in 1883 and establishing a boot and shoe store on Main Street. Later, he worked as a receiving officer in the office of the prothonotary at the Manitoba Law Courts.
Active in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Ontario, when IOOF Manitoba Lodge No. 1 was established, he transferred his membership to it. He served as Grand Master (1885), Grand Patriarch (1902), and Grand Secretary (1904-1925) of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba. He and his wife had two sons: Walter F. Deering (1876-1932) and Charles Deering (1886-?).
He died at his Winnipeg home, 1117 Ingersoll Street, on 4 February 1926 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.
Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“I.O.O.F. veteran dies following long illness,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 February 1926, page 6.
“Walter Deering, crash victim, to be buried today,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 August 1932, page 4.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 12 July 2022