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Memorable Manitobans: John Gordon “Jack” Cobb (1903-1959)

Businessman, municipal official, MLA (1958-1959), MLA (1959-1959).

Born at Melita, Manitoba in 18 January 1903, eldest child of William John Cobb and Mary Elizabeth Lloyd, he was educated locally and later attended agricultural college. He worked in banks at Melita and other rural centres before joining Lamont Motors at Melita. In 1943, he and his brother Kenneth formed a partnership in a garage business known as Cobb Motors. They later expanded the business to include a service station and restaurant. He served as a Melita town councillor and three two-year terms as Mayor of Melita. The town grew rapidly during his terms as mayor and he oversaw the introduction of waterworks. He was a Mason and a Shriner, and an active member of the Anglican church.

He died at Melita on 20 August 1959.


“MLA For Arthur, Jack Cobb, 56, Dies” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 August 1959.

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Page revised: 6 October 2009

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