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Dictionary of Miramichi Biography

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FLETT, LAMBERT WARREN (1899-1974)

FLETT, LAMBERT WARREN, businessman and political organizer; b. Millerton, 20 Apr 1899, s/o Lambert Warren Flett Sr and Susan Amelia Ambrose; m. 1927, Audrey Myrtle Parker, d/o Everett J. Parker and Annie Moir, of Derby; d. Northwest Miramichi, 17 Jun 1974.

L. Warren Flett had a motor mechanic business at Millerton from 1918 until his garage was lost to fire in 1932. In 1922 he had contracted for a Durant & Star car dealership. For a while he was also the agent for Pontiac and Buick cars. He later acquired the Ford agency and in 1932 opened a new Ford showroom in Newcastle. He continued to be the Ford dealer in the town until he sold his interest in Flett Motors Ltd to his manager, George Irlam, in 1956. Meanwhile, in 1944, he created the North Shore Construction Co. Ltd, a gravel, paving, and roadbuilding firm, of which he was president. Both businesses founded by him remain in operation.

Flett was Liberal party treasurer and campaign organizer in Northumberland County from 1935 until shortly before his death. During that time he managed the campaigns of three federal candidates in a total of ten elections, as well as the campaigns of all Liberal candidates in the provincial elections and by-elections. He had a greater knowledge of politics than almost anyone else in the county, but he never sought political office himself.

Flett was a town councillor in Newcastle, where he made his home until 1951, at which time he moved to Bushville. He was a member of the Masonic order, a director of the Miramichi Golf and Country Club, and the senior warden of St Andrew's Anglican Church. He was a sportsman with rod and gun and was president in 1948 of the Newcastle branch of the New Brunswick Fish & Game Protective Association. He also served a term as president of the New Brunswick Automobile Association. His death occurred at his fishing camp at Hawthorne Pool on the Northwest. He was survived by his wife, Audrey M. Parker, a son, and a daughter.

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[b] church records [m] Advocate 8 Nov 1927 [d] Leader 19 Jun 1974 / Advocate 15 May 1928 (ad), 23 Jan 1929 (re. Everett J. Parker), 10 Aug 1932; Leader 30 Apr 1948, 6 Jul 1956, 6 Mar 1974, 29 Mar 1994; Telegraph 18 Jun 1974


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