Memorable Manitobans: Stephen Elswood Richards (1878-1950)
Born at Brockville, Ontario on 28 August 1878, son of Albert Elswood Richards and Harriet Edith Henderson (1854-1928), he came to Winnipeg with his family in 1882. He was called to the Manitoba Bar in June 1900 and practiced law at Winnipeg with the firm later known as Fillmore Riley, being made a King’s Counsel in May 1918.
He was best known for his work as a labour mediator and as chairman of several national investigating boards. He was appointed chairman of the Manitoba Board of Review under the Farmers’ Creditors’ Arrangement Act in January 1940. He was appointed to the Manitoba Court of Appeal in March 1932 and eventually became Chief Justice.
On 11 October 1905, he married Kathleen Carlotta Bryan (1885-1971). They had three daughters: Evelyn Carlotta Richards (1907-?, wife of Oakland Lampman), Margaret Edith Richards (1909-?, wife of Clarence Hilton Smith, daughter-in-law of Sidney Thomas Smith), and Joan Stephanie Bryan Richards (1917-?). He was a founding director of the Pine Ridge Golf Club (1913-1914), and a member of the St. Charles Country Club (President, 1915) and Manitoba Club (President, 1929-1930).
He died at his Winnipeg residence, 299 Waverley Street, on 17 October 1950 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.
“Winnipeg’s new King’s Counsel,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 May 1918, page 7.
“Mr. Justice Richards dies after month-long illness,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 October 1950, page 1..
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 8 March 2023