Memorable Manitobans: Walter Edwin Rooke (1882-1958)
Born at Wolverton, Buckinghamshire, England on 14 March 1882, son of Rose Stronell and Walter James Rooke, he came to Canada in 1904 and worked as a building contractor specializing in apartment blocks. He moved to British Columbia in 1947 and retired in 1955.
On 28 September 1910, he married Margaret Wallace Wilson (1887-1972) at Winnipeg and they had three children: Marguerite Edwina Rooke (1911-?, wife of Cyril Scott Thompson), Wallace James Rooke (1914-?), and John Wilfred Rooke (1917-?). He was a member of the Manitoba Lawn Bowling Association (President, 1943).
He died at West Vancouver, British Columbia on 6 November 1958.
Some of his construction works in Manitoba included:
Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Wakefield apartments,” Winnipeg Tribune, 22 August 1931, page 15.
“Thompson - Roooke,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 July 1933, page 8.
“Pair of trophies to Norwood rink,” Winnipeg Tribune, 16 August 1943, page 12.
Death registrations [Walter Edwin Rooke, Margaret Rooke], British Columbia Vital Statistics.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 22 December 2022