Memorable Manitobans: Robert James Shore (1883-1952)
Labour leader, realtor, municipal official.
Born at Winnipeg on 5 June 1883, son of James Shore, he was educated at Machray School, Aberdeen School and Norquay School, then learned the machinist trade in the Canadian Pacific Railway shops, where he worked for 11 years. He later became president of the machinists’ union. In 1910 he quit the railway to join the real estate firm of Allan, Killam and McKay with which he was associated for the remainder of his life.
He was elected to the Winnipeg city council in late 1909, serving from 1910 to 1914, and was made chairman of the pension committee, the market license, relief and public works and property committees. He was later elected to Winnipeg Board of Control, serving until 1916 when he joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force and went overseas, returning with the rank of Major and the Military Cross. He was elected to the city council again after the First World War, serving from 1922 to 1928. From 1930 to 1945, he was a member of the Rural Rehabilitation Commission.
He was married twice, his first wife Hazel E. Armstrong (1889-1911) dying soon after their 1910 marriage. On 15 October 1924, he remarried to Mona Hargrave (?-1971), daughter of John G. Hargrave, and they had two children: James R. Shore and Margaret Evelyn Shore. At the time of his death, the family lived at 1464 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg. He was a member of the Masons, Kiwanis, and the Fellowship Club.
He died at Winnipeg on 5 December 1952 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.
Attestation Papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.
Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Norquay sits where Selkirk Settlers once sowed grain” by Claire Tisdale, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 February 1949.
“R. J. Shore, former alderman dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 December 1952, page 21.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 December 1952, page 26.
We thank Catharine Buie for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 24 April 2022