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Memorable Manitobans: Leonard “Len” Andree (1930-2017)

Entertainer.

Born at Winnipeg on 2 March 1930, son of Polish immigrants Paulin and Mary Andree, in his early life he worked for Canadian Pacific Railway while entertaining on the side. He became a professional clown and worked on stage, radio, and television, later forming Andree Productions Limited. He sang in a barbershop quartet for 30 years, emceed the Red River Exhibition for 39 years, was in Schmockey Night (35 years), originated Breakfast with Santa at the downtown store of the Hudson’s Bay Company (39 years), was a founding member and Past Chief Barker for Variety Club Tent 58 (35 years), managed the RV Show (27 years), and hosted Winnipeg’s Oktoberfest (15 years). He emceed the grand openings of Rainbow Stage and the Centennial Concert Hall. In recognition of his community service, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002). He died at Winnipeg on 4 October 2017.

Brother-in-law of Mary Sophie Chudzik Andree.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 October 2017.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 May 2021

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