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Memorable Manitobans: Arthur Frederick Sheldon “Shel” Arnett (1910-1981)

Businessman, community activist.

Born at Souris on 18 September 1910, son of Thomas Lewis Arnett and Eliza Briggs Grant, he moved with his family to Winnipeg, graduating from the University of Manitoba where he was Senior Stick of Arts. During the Second World War, he served as a Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Air Force, from 1942 to 1946. Upon his return from military duty, he joined the family business, eventually taking over its control from his father. He married Bernadette “Bernie” Bisson of Quebec and they had two sons, Randy and Doug, and a daughter, Lin. Active in community affairs, he was a member of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Winnipeg Rotary Club, St. Charles Country Club, and Winnipeg Winter Club (President). He died at Winnipeg on 18 September 1981.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 September 1981, page 56.

We thank James Arnett for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 February 2015

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