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Memorable Manitobans: John Franklin “Frank” Johnston (1929-2017)

Municipal official, MLA (1969-1973), MLA (1973-1977), MLA (1977-1981), MLA (1982-1986), MLA (1986-1988).

Born on 3 September 1929, he was a member of the St. James municipal council, and Deputy Mayor, from 1964 to 1972. Elected to the Manitoba Legislature in June 1969, representing the Sturgeon Creek constituency, he was re-elected in 1973, 1977, 1981, and 1986. He served as the Minister Responsible for the Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation (1977-1978), Minister of Economic Development (1978-1979), and Minister of Economic Development and Tourism (1979-1981) in the government of Sterling Lyon. In recognition of his community service, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977) and Mandeville Park was renamed in his honour in 2011. He was defeated in the 1988 general election. He was a member of Assiniboine Golf Club, St. Charles Country Club, and the Masons (Sturgeon Creek Lodge). He died at Winnipeg on 7 February 2017.

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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Mandeville Park / J. Frank Johnston Park (2050 Ness Avenue, Winnipeg)


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 February 2017.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 May 2020

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