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Memorable Manitobans: Donald Harvey “Don” Fraser (1918-2009)


Born on a farm near Altamont on 30 January 1918, son of Alexander and Birdie Fraser, on 11 November 1939, he married Verna May Crampton (1918-1988) and they later had three children. During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1941 to 1945 then he attended the University of Manitoba and received an Agriculture degree in 1949. While at University, he lived in the on-campus Veteran’s Village and was its Mayor for two years. After graduation, he began a 34-year career with United Grain Growers, working as a Field Representative at Dauphin from 1949 to 1958. He was transferred to Winnipeg as Superintendent of Field Services (1958), becoming Manager of Technical Services (1970), and Assistant to the President (1978). After retirement in 1983, he did special projects for the company, including researching and writing histories of UGG locals across the prairies, copies of which are now held at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections. He was a member of the Dauphin Agricultural Society, 4H Canada Council, Manitoba Chamber of Commerce, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Agricultural Institute of Canada, and Manitoba Institute of Agrologists (President, 1964-1965). He died at the Deer Lodge Centre on 10 April 2009 and was buried in the Altamont Cemetery.


Obituary [Verna May Fraser], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 November 1988, page 27.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 April 2009.

We thank Glenn Dickson for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 January 2016

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