Memorable Manitobans: John Peter O’Hare (1876-1964)
Businessman, municipal official.
Born at Winnipeg on 1 July 1876, after participating in the Yukon gold rush between 1896 and 1901, he returned to Winnipeg where he operated a grocery store at 529 block of Logan Avenue from 1902 to 1921. He was subsequently employed as a Sales Manager/Traveller with Marvin’s Limited until retirement.
On 7 November 1901, he married Florence Bridger (1879-1947) at Winnipeg and they had three children: Ralph Gordon O’Hare (1903-?), Elva Irene O’Hare (1907-?), and Zella Mae O’Hare (1909-1985, wife of William C. Webber). He served as a member of the Winnipeg City Council (Ward 2, 1921-1929), Winnipeg Police Commissioner (1924), a member of the Winnipeg Public Parks Board (1928), and a long-standing member of the city’s Unemployed Committee whose mandate was to assist the destitute.
In addition to his civic duties, he was President of the Manitoba Branch of the Amateur Athletic Union of Canada (1917-1919), President of the Winnipeg Caterers Association (1916), Chair of the Prince of Wales Reception Committee (1939), Chancellor Commander of the Grand Domain of Manitoba, Knights of Pythias (1910-1938), General Manager of the Winnipeg (Knights of Pythias) Exhibition (1914-1924), President of the Thistle Curling Club (1917-1920), and a President (1921) and Honorary Life Member (1937) of the Manitoba Curling Association.
He died at Winnipeg on 26 April 1964 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.
Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Rick Mutton for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Terry Webber and Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 26 April 2022