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Memorable Manitobans: Gordon Edward Konantz (1896-1954)


Born at St. Paul, Minnesota on 21 May 1896, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BSc in Economics. After serving in American forces during the First World War, he came to Winnipeg in August 1919 and, on 11 February 1922, married Margaret MacTavish Rogers. They had three children: Barbara Anne Konantz (1923-1990, wife of Ian Aldous MacLean), William Gordon “Bill” Konantz (1925-2010, husband of Mary Anne McPhee), and Gordon E. Konantz (b 1932, husband of Gail Macdonald (1936-2018)). He was President of North American Lumber and Supply Company and its subsidiaries, the Citizens Lumber Company and North American Buildings Limited. He was a prominent sportsman, serving as Commodore of the Royal Lake of the Woods Yacht Club (1939-1946) and President of the Puffin Ski Club (1942-1945). He was a Director of the St. Charles Country Club and Canadian Forestry Association, and President of Ducks Unlimited Canada (1954). He died at his Winnipeg home, 203 Park Boulevard, on 24 October 1954 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Heubach House (203 Park Boulevard, Winnipeg)


“Lumber Co. President dies at 58,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 October 1954, page 1.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 October 1954, page 27.

Obituary [William Gordon Konantz], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 April 2010.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank James Arnett, Douglas MacLean, and Gordon E. Konantz for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 July 2020

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