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Memorable Manitobans: Douglas John “Doug” Cannell (1924-2004)

Architect, archaeologist, community activist.

Born at St. James on 7 November 1924, son of Augustus “Gus” Cannell (1889-1982) and Sally Middleton Davie (?-1976) and grandson of Edward Cannell, he attended St. James School prior to graduating from the University of Manitoba (1949, Architecture). He was Project Manager for the North Portage Residential Complex and was President of the Greater Winnipeg Senior Basketball League, Proplan Construction Services Limited, Manitoba Bridge Federation, Canadian Bridge Federation (1967-1970), and the Jazz Winnipeg Incorporated Festival. A charter member of the Winnipeg Trap & Skeet Club, he founded the Archaeological Society of America (Winnipeg Chapter), and served on the Manitoba Schools Finance Board. A member of the Progressive Conservative party, he was also a duck hunter, pilot, certified scuba diver, and an amateur archaeologist with an interest in Mayan culture. In 1983, found and opened a Mayan tomb at Rio Azul in Guatemala. He married Barbara Mae Halls at the St. Andrew’s River Heights United Church on 16 September 1950 and had three children. He died on 29 April 2004.


Marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Cannell - Halls wedding solemnized at St. Andrew’s,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 September 1950, page 16.

Photo caption [Douglas J. Cannell], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 August 1967, page 5.

“Cannell named,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 April 1969, page 7.

Obituary [Sally Cannell], Winnipeg Free Press, 10 January 1976, page 40.

Obituary [Angustus Cannell], Winnipeg Free Press, 23 April 1982, page 26.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 2 May 2004, page 10.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 22 December 2021

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