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Memorable Manitobans: Ernest Keller (1935-2010)

Building contractor.

Born at Luzk, Poland on 12 November 1935, son of Emma Kupski and Eduard Keller, he came to Canada in 1954 and learned the bricklaying trade. In 1959 he formed a masonry company which later grew into a general contracting firm. His building projects included the Grant Memorial Baptist Church, Boeing of Canada, Lone Star Harley Davidson, Fort Garry Curling Club, and Portage Place. He served as President of the Winnipeg Construction Association, and Chairman and founder of the Labour Relations Association of Manitoba where he served as National Chairman for two years. He represented the Manitoba construction industry in Ottawa, and internationally in Geneva. In 1994, he was appointed as Chairperson of The Forks North Portage Partnership, serving until 2000. In 1989 he was inducted into the Order of the Buffalo Hunt for his contribution to cultural education in Manitoba. He died at Winnipeg on 9 October 2010.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 October 2010.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 April 2016

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