Alfred Leroy PAINE (1901-1988)

Born at Oxbow, Saskatchewan in 1901, he was the son of a veterinarian father, Harold Paine (c1871-1952), and artist mother, Ella Winnifred ? (c1875-1933). The family moved to Rosetown, Saskatchewan when he was young.

He received a BA degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1922, then an MD from the University of Manitoba in 1929. He interned at the Winnipeg General Hospital and, from 1929-1930, served on the medical staff of the Ninette Sanatorium where he met his future wife.

On 06 September 1930 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he married Theodis “Teddy” Marteinsson (1905-1999, daughter of Rev. R. Marteinsson) and they had children: Alice Paine (wife of Edward Drader), Martha Paine (wife of Brian Brooks).


From 1930 to 1932, he did postgraduate work in surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital and also worked at the Pennsylvania Hospital for Nervous and Mental Diseases. His service was interrupted when he contracted tuberculosis and returned to Ninette Sanatorium as a patient. He rejoined the medical staff of the facility in 1933. He was Medical Superintendent and Chief Thoracic Surgeon at the Sanatorium from 1946 to 1972, when it closed.

He served as President of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba (1959), President of the Canadian Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association (1970), President of the Brandon and District Medical Association (1946), and President of Manitoba Thoracic Society (1964). He held life memberships in the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba (1966), Canadian Medical Association (1967), Canadian Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association (1973), and Sanatorium Board of Manitoba (1973). In recognition of his service at the Ninette Sanatorium, he was given an MHS Centennial Medal in 1970. After retirement in 1972, he spent winters in Winnipeg and summers at his cottage overlooking Pelican Lake at Ninette.

He died at Killarney on 14 September 1988 and was buried in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens in Winnipeg.


  • Reprinted with permission from Manitoba Historical Society and updated.
  • Marriage and Death Registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
  • Obituary [Ella Paine], Star-Phoenix [Saskatoon, SK], 02 January 1934, page 13.
  • Obituary [Theodis (Teddy) Paine], Winnipeg Free Press, 07 February 1999, page C6.


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