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Memorable Manitobans: William David Fallis (1909-1974)

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William David Fallis
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Engineer.

Born at Neepawa on 14 March 1909, son of Allan B. Fallis and Minnie Russell Sutherland, in 1930, he joined the Construction Division of the Manitoba Power Commission (forerunner of Manitoba Hydro), becoming successively an Engineering Draftsman (1932), Statistician (1934), General Office Manager (1935), Secretary (1940), Assistant General Manager (1942), Comptroller (1944), and General Manager (1946). In 1968, he was appointed Chairman of the Corporation, succeeding D. M. Stephens. He retired due to ill health in 1971.

Fallis also served on the Manitoba Civil Service Superannuation Board, Canadian Electrical Association Board (President, 1965-1966), Industrial Development Board of Greater Winnipeg (Chairman), Better Business Bureau of Metro Winnipeg (President), and a Co-Chairman of the United Way Campaign.

He died at his Winnipeg home, 117 Chataway Boulevard, on 21 August 1974.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Fallis heads Hydro,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 April 1968, page 1.

Between Mountain and Lake: A History of Ochre River Rural Municipality, 1885-1970 by Ochre River Women’s Institute History Committee, Neepawa: The Neepawa Press, 1970, page 31.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 August 1974, page 19.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 January 2019

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