Ernest Victor Fulton was born on July 4, 1915 near MacGregor, Manitoba. When he was four, his family moved to a farm south of Birtle. At the age of twenty-three, Victor completed a diesel engine course, and subsequently worked for a mining company in British Columbia. He enlisted in 1940 and served as a Flight Lieutenant in the RAF and RCAF where he completed two tours. While in England he married Marion Tye, a British nurse.
On their return to Manitoba, Victor and Marion settled south of Birtle, where they acquired the provincial demonstration farm. This served as the base of their farming operation, Tyton Farm Ltd., and home to their three sons, Craig, David and Sheldon.
Victor was committed to his family, church, community and country. He served on many committees during his lifelong involvement with the United Church. He was on the Birtle Hospital Board for almost two decades, and was instrumental in the building of a new hospital in 1953. The Royal Canadian Legion was an integral part of his life. He served on the executive and on the hall building committee.
In 1968, Victor received the Birtle and District Agricultural Award. He was innovative in the use of new technology. He saw opportunities in the beef industry and was one of the first farmers to use the Simmental breed in a cross breeding program. His interest in the cattle business led to his involvement in the Manitoba Stock Growers’ Association where he served as president. He helped give policy direction as a member of the Local and Sub-District Boards for Manitoba Pool Elevators and the Livestock Advisory Board for the Manitoba Pool Auction Mart in Brandon.
Victor was politically active and was the Liberal candidate for the Birtle – Russell constituency in the 1962 provincial election. He served as the president of the Liberal Party of Manitoba from 1969-1970.
He was an avid reader, with Canadian history being his favourite topic. Flying his Champ airplane brought him many hours of pleasure, as did his participation in the activities of the Birtle Flying Club.
Although Victor had many community commitments, he always had time and encouragement for his family, particularly his twelve grandchildren. He lived life to the fullest.