Alan Christopher WADE (1923-2013)

Allan was born at Weston, Winnipeg on 09 September 1923, he was the son of Ralph WADE (1894-1970) and Christian Mary HOSKING (1896-1977). He was educated at Cecil Rhodes School.

On 09 January 1943, he married Margaret Thelma FARLEY (1924-2003) and they had three children: Carol (married Al Moody), Brenda Jean WADE (1948-?, married Joe DUBREUIL), and Randal WADE.

Railwayman, Community Activist, Municipal Official

Alan spent three years (1943-1946) in the Royal Canadian Air Force and was trained to be an airframe mechanic. He was stationed after training at the No. 3 Wireless Flying Squadron in Winnipeg.

He took a correspondence course in painting and decorating with the British Columbia University in 1946/1947 and continued his education with the Department of Veteran Affairs courses. He served his apprenticeship with the Canadian Pacific Railway, in coach and locomotive painting and continued to work for the railway for 43 years.

He attended courses at the Manitoba Labour Institute on “Law for the Layman” and “Public Speaking” and became active in union activities in 1947, joining the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen of Canada and the USA. He represented his union at political seminars, became a member of the CCF and attended the founding convention of the New Democratic Party in Ottawa. He served Stanley Knows as campaign chairman and assistant. Alan was nominated by Howard Pawley to run for City Council in 1962 and was first elected in 1963 , serving for 28 years on. He served on the Board of the Health Sciences Center for nine years and was appointed to the Municipal Hospital Commission in 1983.

After his retirement he continued to take lessons and learned how to play the violin.

He died at Winnipeg on 07 December 2013 and was buried at the Brookside Cemetery.


  • Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 December 2013.
  • Obituary [Margaret Thelma Wade], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 August 2003.


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