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Memorable Manitobans: George William Johnson (1892-1973)

Business executive, municipal official, MLA (1959-1962).

Born at Stratford, Ontario on 10 July 1892, he moved to the Neepawa, Manitoba district in 1917, moving to Winnipeg the next year where. He operated a butcher shop until 1929 when he joined grocery firm of Canada Safeway at its Winnipeg inception, serving in Vancouver from 1947 to 1950 and staying with the company until retirement as Meat Merchandising Manager in 1959. He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature in May 1959, representing the Assiniboia constituency. He was defeated by S. C. Patrick at the 1962 general election.

He also served on the council of the City of St. James, the St. James School Board (20 years), the St. James Town Planning Commission, and the St. James Chamber of Commerce. He was manager of the St. James Canadiana Hockey Club and a member of the Sturgeon Creek United Church and the St. James Lodge No. 121 of the Masons.

He died at Winnipeg on 26 April 1973 and was buried in Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 April 1973, page 39.

Members of the Legislative Assembly (Deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 February 2011

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