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Albert Edward McCormack Family
Albert Edward McCormack
b- Jan 15, 1874 in Ireland
d- Aug 15, 1962, in Vancouver BC, age 88
son of Edward Joseph and Kathleen McCormack
Albert McCormack was also a
Journalist for the Estevan Mercury
1927 Albert was a Councillor on the
Estevan Town Council
Bertha McCormack, nee Rech
Rech Sisters ca
The Rech sisters, lived in Minnie Fisher's Boarding home in Estevan,
from 1912, until they found jobs in Estevan.
The Rech sisters, Bertha, Caroline, and Philipine,
came to Canada, behind the Titanic in April 1912.
Albert and Bertha`s Family:
son- John Edward McCormack
(Ed) (Eddie) McCormack
b- July 6, 1917 in Estevan
d- Mar 14, 1953, Car Accident in Regina SK, age 35.
Funeral- Wed. Mar 18, 1953, in St. Paul's United
Church in Estevan.
Rev. E. A. King Officiated.
Over 2,000 people attended, and a special speaker system,
had to be installed for the crowd in the street,
and for those in the Anglican Church across the street,
to hear the Service.
In attendance were Lt. Gov. W. J. Patterson,
Premier Tommy C. Douglas, (CCF)
Walter Tucker, Leader of the Opposition, (Liberal)
6 members of the Provincial Command of the Canadian Legion,
and members of the Saskatchewan Bar Association.
Also J. J. Smith, MP for Moose Mountain from Ottawa.
and W. W. Lynd, Partner at Law in Estevan.
130 Local Legion Members,
plus 40 members of the Estevan Air Cadet Squadron,
lined the street from the Estevan Funeral Home, to the Church.
Ed and Marion
Outhwaite Wedding Photo
July 29, 1952
Marion was from Oxbow SK, see link below
Flt. Lt. Ed
Distinguished Service in RCAF in WWII
Described in his Distinguished Flying Cross Citation as
a Highly Skilled Navigator Bomb Aimer,
who participated in the 1,000 plane attack on Cologne,
and a similar operation against Bremen.
In June 1942 he was mentioned in News Dispatches
after he had accompanied Squadron Leader D. L. Wolfe,
on a raid over enemy territory.
He was also awarded the Air Force Cross.
Apr 30, 1943,
letter from the King,
St. James Palace Invitation
He was educated in Estevan, Attended ECI 1933-34,
Graduated from the University of Saskatchewan
with his BA and LLB, graduating with the latter in 1938.
After graduating he articled with W. W. Lynd QC. of Estevan.
In June 1940 he enlisted in the RCAF.
He received his wings from
Air Marshall Billy Bishop at a Toronto Ceremony.
He was posted overseas July 1941.
He was a member of the famous Moose Squadron.
He endured 27 hazardous operational flights with this Squadron.
He was then attached with the American Air Force.
He was a veteran of many famous raids by the RCAF.
He was a Squadron Leader in WWII,
having led the flight crew into the targets of
Nazi Germany’s headquarters and production plants.
Discharged with rank of Squadron Leader, Aug 1945,
and returned to his Estevan Law Practice.
In 1946 he was taken into partnership with W.W. Lynd.
July 1927 he won a beginner violin award.
First class honors, from Regina Conservatory of Music,
Estevan Centre area.
Receiving award with him, Robert George (Bob) Mitchell,
who also had a distinguished flying career in WWII
and was killed in action.
Mr. McCormack practiced Law in Estevan, Community Leader,
and Member of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
from 1948 until his death.
He was party whip with the Liberal Party.
Served as President of the Estevan Legion.
He was one of the original planners of the Estevan Legion building.
His widow participated in the Grand Opening of the building.
He was Member of the
United Church in Estevan,
Member of The Estevan Lodge, No. 25, AF and AM,
the Estevan Chapter, No. 8, Royal Arch Masons,
of the Wa-Wa Temple.
also Estevan Lodge, No. 119 BPOE (Elks)
and the Estevan Flying Club.
He was an official Patron of the Estevan Agricultural Society.
He became involved in a Miners Strike, in Roche
Percee, in 1948,
while he was a MLA, and was badly beaten and hospitalized.
He was there as a mediator.
When you are in politics, not everyone likes your
He died after an intoxicated 18 year old son
of a Regina Doctor,
broadsided his car in 1953,
after his dinner engagement at the Lt. Governor’s Residence in Regina.
Accident occurred at intersection of Retallack St. and College Ave.
3 teenagers were in the other car, returning from a party.
He was thrown from the car, during the accident.
His new bride, of only a few months,
Marion Outhwaite, was also in the vehicle,
but she survived the Saturday Night crash.
They lived at 2832 College, and were nearly home.
Albert Edward McCormack
and Bertha McCormack, nee Rech,
operated a Five and Dime Store
on Main Street (4th st) in
for many years, 1930's- 1945
Ten Cent and Variety Store
1209 4th st.
built ca 1915, sold 1945 to Ned & Irene Rooney
McCormack Five and Dime Store
Inside and Out View
Story of these photos,
and Ed McCormack, from Mr. Darwin Wagner:
These are an out and indoor photo
of McCormack's Five & Dime Store on Fourth Street in Estevan, operated by Albert
and Bertha ( nee Rech ) McCormack. While Bertha managed the store, Albert worked
as a journalist with the Estevan Mercury. I always laugh when I think of one of
her employees, Mrs. Emilie Backman, who told me that every time Bertha would
take a day off, Emilie and another employee would re-arrange and organize the
store. When Bertha returned the next day, she demanded everything be return to
their original spots. Lots of chaos.
My mother remembers going to the
Five & Dime as a child to fill up a huge bag with fresh candies. From there, the
girls would take in a movie for the afternoon while the parents shopped. The
store was a must stop for all the people coming into town on a Saturday.
The exterior shot was taken on
V-Day at the end of World War II. Bertha displayed photos of as many soldiers
she could get her hands on who served from Estevan area. It was a great moment
in our history. She also knew her only child, John Edward, would be coming
John Edward, completed his law
degree at the University of Saskatchewan and first practised law in Estevan with
Mr. Kohaly. He joined the RCAF and became Squadron Leader, positioning bomber
planes over Germany during WW II. Upon his return, he was then elected as
Liberal MLA for the Estevan area in 1948. He was re-elected in 1952 and then
proposed to Marion Oathwaite of Oxbow, Saskatchewan. Only three months after
their marriage, John Edward's life was taken by a drunk driver as they left the
Lt. Governor's home in Regina.
have donated John Edward's medals from WWII, along with letters from the High
Commissioner of Canada, and an invitation from the King's Office to St. James
Palace in London, to the Saskatchewan Western Development Museum. HIs specific
display in hanging on the wall in the aircraft area of the Moose Jaw branch of
Ed's parents moved from
to British Columbia in 1947 to retire.
Ed, his parents, and Aunt Josephine
are all laid to rest in the Forest Lawn Cemetery, in Burnaby BC
Most of the info
above, and pictures contributed by
Ed`s cousin, Darwin Wagner, with thanks!
note- Not my web sites, Links may or may not work in the future
Oxbow History book has the Outhwaite family history
See my Steelman page for more Rech Family info