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Memorable Manitobans: Kenneth John Burgess (1928-2005)

Businessman, Mayor of Brandon (1979-1989).

Born at Minnedosa, Manitoba on 5 January 1928, son of Jack and May Burgess. In a family known for public service—his father, grandfather and brother all having served as Mayor of Minnedosa—he was elected to the local school board at the age of 21, serving seven years before moving to Brandon where he established a grocery business. He served on the Brandon School Board for 18 years and was active with Westbran, Core Enterprises, and Brandon Children’s Aid. He ran unsuccessfully for the provincial Conservatives in 1973. He became Mayor of Brandon in 1979, winning a byelection prompted by the resignation of Gil Box. In 1977, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal. He died at Brandon on 10 September 2005 and was buried in the Minnedosa Cemetery.

Sources:

“Former mayor Ken Burgess dead at 77,” Brandon Sun, 12 September 2005.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 September 2005.

Obituary, Brandon Sun, 13 September 2005.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 April 2013

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