Richard Wilfred QUEEN-HUGHES (1908-1970)
Born in Penge, Surrey, England, he was the son of Richard William and Elizabeth Florence Hughes. He came to Manitoba in 1923 to farm in the Killarney area. Five years later, he moved to Winnipeg and spent 27 years as Director of Public Relations for the Winnipeg Electric Company. During the Second World War, he served with the Winnipeg Grenadiers. He was taken prisoner in Hong Kong and spent three and a half years as a prisoner of war. In 1954, he formed his own communications company specializing in employee relations, business management, and public relations.
Public Relations Officer, Journalist
On 24 November 1931, he married Katherine Gloria Queen (1909-1978, daughter of John Queen and Katherine Ross) and hyphenated his surname with hers. They had one daughter: Gloria Joy Queen-Hughes (wife of John Hodgkinson). In 1956, they purchased 697 Wellington Crescent, which had previously been used as a boarding house, and restored it into a 22-room mansion with six fireplaces, parquet floors, glass conservatory, and grand staircase.
He died at his Winnipeg home on 19 July 1970 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.
- Reprinted with permission from Manitoba Historical Society and updated.
- Birth, Marriage and Death Registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
- 1911 England Census Record.
- Canada, Ocean Arrivals, SS Megantic, May 1922, Quebec.
- Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 July 1970, page 33.
- Obituary [Katherine Queen-Hughes], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 February 1978, page 52.
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