Memorable Manitobans: John Robert Grant (1844-1927)
One of the best known of the Scottish-Canadian citizens of Winnipeg, one who had been engaged in life insurance and loan company work in Winnipeg and the west for a period of almost 50 years, John Robert Grant, died Saturday (17 December 1927) at his residence, 96 Home street, age 83 years. Mr. Grant was prominent in Masonic and Scottish circles, in the St. Andrew’s Society, in Knox church and in the Assiniboine Bowling club circles. Death followed a period of ill health covering the past few years, sojourns in California each season for the past 15 years doing much to prolong his life.
Mr. Grant was born July 18, 1844, in the county of Huron, Ont., two miles from the town of Clinton. He was the son of Peter Grant and Isabelle McKenzie, and was the youngest but one of a family of 11 children.
His great-grandfather, born in the city of
Mr. Grant came to
Two years later he entered the field of railway building in
Mr. Grant was a member of the Masonic order, being particularly interested in the Scottish Rite. He passed through all the offices of the Masonic lodge. He was a past president of the Manitoba Historical and Scientific Society, and also was a past president of St. Andrew’s society. He was a liberal contributor to the Children’s Home, the Old Folks’ Home and the General hospital, of which he was for a time one of the governors.
Mr. Grant was well known as a cricketer and a lawn bowler, having been a member of the
Surviving is his daughter, Jessie M. Grant, living at the family home in this city; also three children of his first wife before her marriage to Mr. Grant, Agnes M. Kay,
The funeral will be held this afternoon at
in Knox United church, and will be conducted by Rev. F. B. DuVal, and Rev. Prof. Kerr, D.D. Burial will be in the family plot,
While absent from Winnipeg he was a frequent contributor to the Free Press columns, writing many virile and observing articles of scenes and events and impressions of his travels and sojourns in other lands and climes.
Obituary, Manitoba Free Press, 20 December 1927.
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