Memorable Manitobans: Ian A. MacKenzie (1923-2014)
Publisher, municipal official.
Born at Fort William (now Thunder Bay), Ontario, son of John and Annie MacKenzie, he came to Portage la Prairie during the Second World War as a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force. There he served with Wilford H. Vopni. Following his military discharge in 1946, he returned to Portage la Prairie and joined Vopni in ownership of the Graphic Liberal Printing Company, publishers of the Portage Daily Graphic and Portage Leader. They later purchased the MacGregor Herald and Neepawa Press. In 1970, he purchased full interest in Vopni Press Limited and he was President and Publisher until 1989. He served as President of the Canadian Weekly Newspapers Association, President of Manitoba Community Newspapers Association, and Mayor of Portage la Prairie (1999-2005). He died at Portage la Prairie on 30 December 2014.
“Former Portage la Prairie mayor dies,” Winnipeg Sun, 31 December 2014.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 January 2015.
We thank Frances Kasper for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 5 January 2015
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