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Memorable Manitobans: George Edward Mason (1918-2003)

Engineer, business executive.

Born at Toronto on 23 July 1918, he grew up in Fort Garry and Winnipeg’s west end. He attended Sir Sam Steel School, St. Paul’s High School, and Winnipeg School of Art, where he studied commercial art. In 1939, he was employed as a draftsman at Fort Garry Motor Body and Paint Works Limited, later renamed Motor Coach Industries. In 1949 he was appointed chief engineer, rose through the corporate ranks and became the company’s Chief Executive Officer in 1975. He was active in marketing MCI’s new lines of buses and was instrumental in obtaining orders in many countries. His greatest satisfaction was working directly with the engineers and workers on the plant floor or taking a brand-new bus for a test run. He died at Winnipeg on 15 September 2003 and was buried in the Garry Memorial Park.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 August 2003.

“They will never be forgotten” by Kevin Rollason, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2003, page A6.

This page was prepared by Ian Stewart.

Page revised: 13 February 2020

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