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Memorable Manitobans: John James “Jack” MacKay (1870-1950)

Dry goods merchant.

Born at Underwood, Ontario on 23 August 1870, son of George D. Mackay, he came to Winnipeg in 1898 and became associated with the firm of Gerhardt, Hanley, Mackay Company, in partnership with Charles Hanley. With the departure of Gerhardt from the company, he became junior partner in the firm of Hanley, Mackay & Chisholm Company. He moved to British Columbia in the early 20th century where he worked as a manufacturers agent, retiring in August 1950. On 10 June 1902 he married Ella Emily Hilker (1877-1939) and they had one daughter, Lillian Macfarlane MacKay (b 1904). He died at Vancouver, British Columbia on 23 November 1950.


The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

We thank Gord MacKay for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 March 2015

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