Memorable Manitobans: Philip Purcell (1865-1939)
Journalist, editor, civil servant.
Born at Guelph, Ontario on 7 June 1865, he attended school there. He apprenticed as a printer with the Guelph Mercury before coming to Brandon in 1887. He began working with Ernest Lisle Christie in publishing the Brandon Times and was later a reporter and editor of the Brandon Sun. He left Brandon 1912 and spent five years as Telegraph Editor of the Manitoba Free Press. He was appointed King's Printer on 2 April 1917, succeeding James Hooper, and retired from the position on 30 April 1937.
In June 1892, he married Margaret Rose “Maggie” Scanlon (1867-1940) at Winnipeg and they had four children: Mary Purcell (1898-?), Eugene Joseph Purcell (1893-1900), Philip Gillis Purcell (1904-1987), and Eileen Purcell (1906-?). He lived at 756 Jessie Avenue, Winnipeg, at the time of his death, which occurred at St. Boniface on 7 February 1939. He was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Philip Purcell, former King's Printer, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 7 February 1939, page 3.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 26 December 2021