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Christopher Carruthers
1876 -1948

Christopher Carruthers, was born at Aylmer, Quebec on 19 May 1876. He attended McGill University and Montreal Diocesan College, receiving his BA in 1901 and graduating in theology in 1903. Ordained by Archbishop Bennett of Montreal, he served as a curate in Quebec. He was Rector of Lacolle, Quebec, when he responded to a clergy appeal and became rector at St. John’s Minster in 1906. He later became rural dean of the district and helped to build a dozen churches. Carruthers served in the parish until 1910 when he accepted a call to Holy Trinity Church in Edmonton, which was a new $36,000.00 church and one of the finest in Edmonton at that time. He oversaw the installation of the early stained glass windows. He was Rector of Holy Trinity Church, Edmonton until April 1927 when he moved to Holy Trinity Church, Winnipeg where he was Rector until 1940. He was later chaplain of Deer Lodge Hospital (1943-1947).

An Honorary Major, Carruthers’ military record includes assisting in the organization of the 22nd Saskatchewan Light Horse in 1909. He served in World War I with the 151st Battalion and in World War II with the Fort Garry Horse . Additionally, he was chaplain of the 19th Alberta Dragoons (1907), the Royal Winnipeg Rifles (1928-1940), Military District No. 10 (1941), the Canadian Legion in Winnipeg, the 90th Battalion Association, and the Fort Garry Horse. He held the colonial officers’ decoration, the King George Coronation medal and the Vimy ribbon and medal. He was active in organizing a pilgrimage to Vimy Ridge in 1936. He was a member of the Empire Club, the Canadian Club, and the AF & AM (Northern Lights Lodge).

He married Louise R. Cunningham in 1905. Their children include Olive and Ruth. On 5 June 1948, he died at the Winnipeg General Hospital.