Memorable Manitobans: Francis John “Frank” Hannibal (1892-1959)
Businessman, sports executive.
Born at Bristol, England in 1892, son of Joseph Hannibal (1855-1944) and Annie Hannibal (?-1928), his family came to Canada in 1903 and initially settled at Toronto, Ontario, later moving to Ottawa. He worked as a bread salesman and, in 1930, was appointed Western Manager of the Canada Bread Company based at Winnipeg. During the 1930s and early 1940s, he was active in city sports, serving as President of the Winnipeg Football Club (1935-1936, 1941). Under his tenure, the team won two Grey Cups. He was also President of the Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association (1934, 1942-1944). On 26 June 1937, he married Johanna Gudrun Hjorleifson (1909-2000) at Winnipeg and they had a daughter. He died while on vacation at Miami, Florida on 26 March 1959 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.
Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Joseph Hannibal, 89, retired builder, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 November 1944, page 4.
“Frank Hannibal dies during Florida visit,” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 March 1959, page 3.
Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 31 March 1959, page 31.
Obituary [Johanna Gudrum Hannibal], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 April 2000, page 36.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 25 June 2022