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Memorable Manitobans: Donald Morris McGregor (1923-2003)

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Donald Morris McGregor
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Farmer, MLA (1963-1966), MLA (1966-1969), MLA (1969-1973), MLA (1973-1977), MLA (1977-1981).

Born at Lenore on 25 April 1923, son of Dan and Mabel McGregor, he attended Kenton School then joined the Navy and was stationed at Halifax and Esquimalt. After discharge he returned to Kenton and purchased a farm. He took various winter jobs, including at Kimberly Mines, mink ranching at Sheridan, and at the Brandon Mental Health Centre. In 1954, he married Helen Large and they raised four children. In 1962 he was elected as Conservative MLA for the Virden constituency. His motto was “people before party politics” and was sometimes referred to as a maverick. He was re-elected in 1966, 1969, 1973, and 1977. After leaving provincial politics in 1981, he retired to Brandon the next year. He was a member of the Kenton Chamber of Commerce, Masons, and Royal Canadian Legion. In 1977, he received a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal. He died at Brandon on 25 July 2003.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ralphton School (RM of Wallace-Woodworth)


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 August 2003.

“They will never be forgotten,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2003, pages A6-7.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 April 2019

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