Memorable Manitobans: Finlay Fraser (1879-1948)
Born at Beauly, Invernesshire, Scotland on 8 November 1879, he came to Winnipeg in 1903. There, he was President of the Builders Mutual Supply Company and President of Fraser MacDonald and Company Limited. He was also President of the Winnipeg Builders' Exchange and a member of the Fair Wage Board.
He was married three times, first to Isabella McDonald (1876-?) with whom he had three children: Kathleen Fraser (1909-?), Isabel Fraser (1911-1966, wife of William Harrison Minhinnick), and John Alexander Finlay “Jack” Fraser (1916-1995). On 14 March 1929, he married Elizabeth Wilson Couper (1891-1932) at Winnipeg and, on 27 September 1941, he married Jean Cameron Hutcheon Bird (?-?). He was a member of the Khartum Shriners, Masons (Fort Garry Lodge), Sons of Scotland, and Augustine United Church.
1921 Canada census, Ancestry.
Canadian voter lists, Ancestry.
Marriage registration [Finlay Fraser, Elizabeth Wilson Coupler], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Birth registrations [Isabella Fraser, John Alexander Finlay Fraser], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Death registrations [Elizabeth Wilson Fraser, Finlay Fraser], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Findlay Fraser and Jean Bird wed Saturday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 September 1941, page 6.
“City contractor dies suddenly,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 February 1948, page 23.
“Finlay Fraser, contractor, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 February 1948, page 8.
Death registration [Isabel Minhinnock], British Columbia Vital Statistics.
Obituary [William Harrison Minhinnick], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 November 1966, page 29.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 11 July 2022