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Memorable Manitobans: Gerald B. Gray (1930-2010)

Businessman, philanthropist, community leader.

Born at Winnipeg on 4 September 1930, he was educated at St. John’s High School. His father died when he was a teenager and he dropped out of school at age 16. A successful businessman, he eventually became Chief Executive Officer of Blackwoods Beverages, a local distributor and bottling centre for Pepsi and other soft drinks. A founder of the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, he donated $1 million to the renovation of Central Park in downtown Winnipeg and $1 million to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. The Gray Academy in Winnipeg is named for him. He died at Winnipeg on 8 October 2010 and was buried in Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.

Nephew of M. A. Gray.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 October 2010.

“Philanthropist wasn’t flamboyant” by Bill Redekop, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 October 2010, page B2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 April 2018

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