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Memorable Manitobans: John “Errol” Black (1939-2012)

Educator, municipal official.

Born at Brandon, son of Roberta and Tommy Black, he taught Economics at Brandon University for over 30 years. After retirement, he represented Riverview Ward on the Brandon City Council and was a board member of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Manitoba. In recognition of his exemplary community service, he was inducted into the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt (2011), and he received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). A public park in Brandon is named for him. He died at Brandon on 4 November 2012 after a long and debilitating battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

His articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:

Labour in Brandon Civic Politics: A Long View
Manitoba History, Number 23, Spring 1992

The Forkin Papers
Manitoba History, Number 56, October 2007


Brandon political advocate Errol Black dies,” CBC News Manitoba, 5 November 2012.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 10 November 2012

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 June 2015

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