Memorable Manitobans: William David Fallis (1909-1974)
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 Donald MacGregor Stephens. He retired due to ill health in 1971.
On 26 September 1936, he married Donalda Christine McDougall (1910-1975) at St. John’s United Church in Winnipeg and they had a daughter, Roberta Fallis (wife of Jacob Popoff). He served on the Manitoba Civil Service Superannuation Board, Canadian Electrical Association Board (President, 1965-1966), Industrial Development Board of Greater Winnipeg (Chairman), and Better Business Bureau of Metro Winnipeg (President), and was a Co-Chairman of the United Way Campaign.
He died at his Winnipeg home, 117 Chataway Boulevard, on 21 August 1974.
Birth registrations [William David Fallis, Donalda Christi McDougall], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Donalda McDougall weds William D. Falls in St. John’s United Church,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 September 1936, page 7.
“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.
Obituary [Donalda Christine Fallis], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 October 1975, page 46.
Obituary [Jacob Popoff], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 September 2016.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 9 February 2023