Memorable Manitobans: Robert Johnstone MacDonald (1875-1949)
In 1908, he formed M & M Construction Company (later known as Macaw and MacDonald) in partnership with Arthur Macaw and they specialized in the construction of bridges around Manitoba. On 30 July 1949, he died while rowing across the Saskatchewan River near Swift Current, Saskatchewan during construction of a bridge over it. He was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.
Some of his other construction works in Manitoba included:
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 2 August 1949, page 20.
Pioneering in Highway Bridges for the Province of Manitoba and the Engineering Profession by George A. DePauw, 1993, page 13.
We thank Nathan Kramer and Sidney Macaw for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 5 February 2019
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