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Memorable Manitobans: George Montegu Black (1911-1976)

Businessman.

Born at Winnipeg on 3 June 1911, son of George Montegu Black and Gertrude Maxwell Moffat (c1880-1952), he attended Appleby College at Oakville, Ontario and the University of Manitoba, graduating from the latter in 1933. He became a chartered accountant in 1937 and, during the Second World War, served in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He assumed control of Western Canadian Breweries from his father and later sold it to E. P. Taylor’s Canadian Breweries of which he was President from 1950 until retirement in 1958. On 5 June 1937, he married Jean Elizabeth Riley (1913-1976, daughter of Conrad Stephenson Riley) and they had two sons, George Montegu Black III (1940-2002) and media tycoon Conrad Black. He died at Toronto, Ontario on 29 June 1976, just ten days after his wife, and was buried in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Sources:

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Betty Jean Elizabeth Black], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 June 1976, page 6.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 2 July 1976, page 21.

Mount Pleasant Cemetery: An Illustrate Guide, 2nd edition, by Mike Filey.

This page was prepared by James Arnett and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 November 2020

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