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Memorable Manitobans: Ronald A. “Sam” Fabro (1920-2018)

Businessman, community activist.

Born at Maiano, Italy on 8 December 1920, he came to Canada with his family in 1921 and settled at Winnipeg. In 1941, as a member of the Winnipeg Rangers, he helped to win the Memorial Cup hockey championship and, the following year, he played with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He worked as President of W. G. McMahon Limited and was extremely active in community life. He served as Chairman of the Manitoba Games Society, Chairman and director of the Winnipeg Enterprises Corporation (1967-1983), President of the Manitoba Hockey Players Foundation, President of the Winnipeg Kiwanis Club, Chair of the Misericordia General Hospital Foundation, co-founder of the Manitoba Marathon, and was an active trustee of FortWhyte Alive. He served on a sports committee of the Manitoba Centennial Corporation. In recognition of his community service, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977), Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002), and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), and he was inducted into the Order of Canada (1975), Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt (1986), Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame (1988), Winnipeg Citizens Hall of Fame (2013), and Order of Manitoba (2014). On 20 June 1953, he married Annie Marie Temple (1924-2007) and they had two children. He was a member of the Manitoba Club (President, 1987). He died at Winnipeg on 2 January 2018.


“Fabro-Temple wedding is held at Holy Rosary,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 June 1953, page 17.

“City men honored,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 December 1974, page 26.

Obituary [Anne Marie Temple Fabro], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 October 2007.

The Fort Whyte Story: Human. Nature. by Jake MacDonald, Winnipeg: FortWhyte Alive, 2009. ISBN 978-0-9813732-0-1.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 January 2018.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 February 2020

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