Memorable Manitobans: George Arthur Fitton (1875-1956)
Born at Huddersfield, England on 9 April 1875, he came to Brandon in 1905. He was Bursar for the Brandon Hospital for Mental Diseases, Vice-Chairman of the Ration Board during the Second World War, and wartime President of the Brandon branch of the Red Cross.
In 1916, he began a remarkable 41 years of service on the Brandon School Board, 28 of them as Chair (1921-1923, 1932-1956), resigning in 1956. He also served as President of the Manitoba School Trustees Association (1946-1948) and, in 1952, President of the Canadian School Trustees Association. In 1952, George Fitton School in Brandon was named for him.
On 7 November 1905, he married Edith Annie Shaw (1880-1953) at Brandon. They had three children: Marjorie Fitton (1909-2006), Harry Fitton (1911-1996), and Edith Mae Fitton (1919-1980). He was a choir leader and soloist at Knox United Church for a number of years.
He died at Brandon on 28 November 1956 and was buried beside his wife in the Brandon Cemetery.
Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary [Mrs. George Fitton], Brandon Sun, 8 October 1953.
“School board head resigns in Brandon,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 September 1956, page 2.
“Fitton’s death ends unique Brandon career,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 November 1956, page 34.
“Names of Brandon schools,” Brandon Sun, 6 October 1959, page 4.
Obituary [Dr. Harry Fitton], Brandon Sun, 25 October 1996, page 28.
Obituary [Marjorie Fitton], Brandon Sun, 8 April 2006, page 20.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 16 March 2023