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Memorable Manitobans: Laurie Artiss (1932-2018)

Journalist, businessman.

Born at Winnipeg on 25 July 1932, he grew up in Fort Rouge, later working as a sportswriter for the Winnipeg Tribune and sports editor for the Brandon Sun and Regina Leader-Post. He also worked as a recreation director at Dauphin and Virden. At Regina, he moved into the curling equipment business then souvenir pins. His firm supplied pins to the 1979 Commonwealth Games, 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, and Canadian Curling Association. He was Chairman of the 1973 and 1983 World Curling Championships, 1976 Macdonald Brier, and Saskatchewan Day at Expo 86. He was one of the founders, in 1961, of the Grey Owl Golf Tournament at Clear Lake. In 1957, he was inducted into the Order of the Buffalo Hunt as manager of the Virden Oil Dome All Stars. He was later inducted into the Canadian Football Reporters Hall of Fame, Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame, Regina Sports Hall of Fame, Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, Canadian Curling Hall of Fame, and Manitoba Media Roll of Honour. He died at Nanaimo, British Columbia on 23 January 2018.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 January 2018.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 February 2018

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