Memorable Manitobans: John Edward Alfred Wildman (1865-1963)
Born at Bedford, England on 20 February 1865, he was educated locally. He came to Canada in May 1885 and joined the Sheet Metal Products Company of Canada. He came to Winnipeg in August 1898, opened a branch of the company in 1900, and was its Manager until retirement in 1928. He served as President of the Winnipeg Board of Trade (1918-1919). He and wife Sarah Jane Blundell (1863-1940) had four children: Alfred Ernest Wildman (1887-1952, husband of Mayme Allison Browne), John Henry Wildman (1889-1953, husband of Belle Lawrie), Elsie May Wildman (1892-1969, wife of Stephen Riggs Eckley), and Kenelm Edward Blundell Wildman (1901-1963, husband of Helen Mary Marlatt, son-in-law of Egerton Whimster Marlatt). He was a member of the Masons (Prince Rupert Lodge), Khartum Shriners, and Sons of England. He moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1945 and died there on 10 January 1963 and was buried beside his wife in the Elmwood Cemetery.
1901 Canada census, Ancestry.
“Heads Winnipeg Board of Trade for 1918-19,” Winnipeg Tribune, 23 May 1918.
Marriage registration [John Henry Wildman, Belle Lawrie], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Marriage registration [Alfred Ernest Wildman, Mayme Allison Browne], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Death registration [Sarah Jane Wildman], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary [Sarah Jane Wildman], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 November 1940, page 2.
Obituary [Mayme Allison Wildman], Winnipeg Tribune, 13 May 1956, page 24.
Death registration [John Edward Alfred Wildman], British Columbia Vital Statistics.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 January 1963, page 28.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Tim Wildman for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 2 January 2023