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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Oliver “Bob” Douglas (1932-2012)

Community activist, municipal official.

Born at Minnedosa on 25 January 1932, son of Oliver Douglas and Eva Petch, he attended Hazelwood School, Minnedosa Collegiate, and United College. He was active with the Manitoba Federation of Agriculture and Co-operation (MFAC), being Director and Manager of its youth camp (Camp Wannakumbac) at Clear Lake from 1956 to 1987. He eventually became Executive Secretary of MFAC and was one of the founders of the Manitoba Farm Bureau in 1965, serving as its Secretary Manager until 1984. Around this time, he was active in the founding of Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) and served as its first General Manager until 1993. He served on the Winnipeg City Council from 1982 to 1992, and was Chair of the Parks, Protection and Recreation Committee. In recognition of his community service, he received a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977) and was inducted into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame (2004). He died at Winnipeg on 5 October 2012 and was buried in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 October 2002.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 October 2021

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