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Memorable Manitobans: John Debroni (1930-2017)

Businessman, community activist.

Born at Melville, Saskatchewan on 11 June 1930, son of Mike and Irene Debroni, he came to Winnipeg where he was a buyer and salesman for Wolch Limited until 1977 when he founded Debroni's Distributors with his brother Mike. He started Platinum Promotions with his son-in-law Paul in 1991. In 1957, he helped to establish the Winnipeg Hawkeyes Football Club, being known as “Mr. Hawkeye” and inducted into the Manitoba Football Hall of Fame (2010). He was a member of the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. He died at Winnipeg on 2 January 2017 and was buried in the Holy Family Cemetery.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 January 2017.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 January 2017

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