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Memorable Manitobans: Peter Fox (1921-1989)

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Peter Fox
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Engineer, MLA (1966-1969), MLA (1969-1973), Speaker (1971-1977), MLA (1973-1977), MLA (1977-1981), MLA (1982-1986).

Born in Yugoslavia on 31 May 1921, son of George Fox and Maria Mildovan, he moved to Canada with his family at the age of 6 years. He attended Winnipeg public schools, United College, and the University of Manitoba. He had just started a job with Canadian Packers Limited when the Second World War broke out. From 1943 to 1946 he served in the Canadian Army. Afterwards, he returned to Canada Packers as a stationary engineer.

On 22 May 1948, he married Nancy Grant, daughter of William Grant of Winnipeg. They had three children. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Canadian German Club, Canadian Food and Allied Workers, and Winnipeg District Labour Council. First elected to the Manitoba Legislature, representing the Kildonan constitutency, in the 1966 general election, he was re-elected in 1969, 1973, 1977, and 1981. He served as Speaker of the House from 1971 to 1977. He did not stand for re-election in 1986. He was a director on the Industrial Development Board of Metro Winnipeg, served on the board of Manitoba Hydro, and was Vice-Chairman of the Manitoba License Review Board. In recognition of his community service, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977.

He died at Winnipeg on 3 July 1989.


Peter Fox, Biographical Vertical File, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 July 1989, page 38.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 November 2020

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