Memorable Manitobans: Arthur Edgar Wright (1907-1977)
Railwayman, MLA (1958-1959), MLA (1959-1962), MLA (1963-1966).
Born at Winnipeg on 8 November 1907, son of Arthur L. Wright and Mary Ruffles, he was educated at Winnipeg schools. He worked as a supervisor in the mechanical department of the Canadian National Railways. He served as Chairman of the Public Works Department of West Kildonan (1946-1954) and Mayor of West Kildonan (1954-1958).
He was first elected to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1958 general election, being re-elected in 1959 and 1962. He was not a candidate in the 1966 provincial election. In 1970, he became Executive Assistant to the Minister of Labour, holding the position until his death.
On 1 July 1931, he married Pearl Rosina Clegg (1908-1998, daughter of Edgar Clegg of West Kildonan) and they had three children: Shirley Wright (wife of Frank Bell), Marilyn Joan Wright (1936-2019, wife of Raymond Wake), and Donald Arthur Wright (husband of Beverley Hall). He served on the boards of United Way, John Howard Society, and Anatole Senior Citizens Housing. He was a member of the West Kildonan Kiwanis Club, assisting in the restoration and establishment of Seven Oaks House as a community museum.
He died at Winnipeg on 19 May 1977 and was buried in the Kildonan Presbyterian Cemetery. He is commemorated by Arthur E. Wright Community School.
The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1960.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 May 1977, page 33.
Obituary [Pearl Rosina Wright], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 February 1998, page 56.
Obituary [Marilyn Joan Wake], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 September 2019.
We thank Janice Grant for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 15 May 2022