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Memorable Manitobans: Martin Arthur “Art” McOuat (c1933-1981)

Community activist, coach, municipal official.

Born and educated in Winnipeg, son of Walter Scott McOuat (c1892-1956) and Grace Veronica Jackson (1900-1968), he worked at RCA Victor and was Western Canada Manager (1969-?) at Fleetwood Corporation. On 9 June 1956, he married Carol Jean Gillan at the Home Street United Church in Winnipeg. The couple settled in Windsor Park and had three sons and three daughters.

An active community member, he served as school trustee (1964-1968) for the St. Boniface School Division (Vice-Chairman, 1967) and St. Boniface City Alderman (1968-1969), the latter from which he resigned early on account of business and demands on his time. For 30 years, he worked with and helped community youth, as a coach and founding member of the St. Vital Mustangs Football Association, and member of the St. Boniface Minor Football Association, St. Vital Curling Club, Winakwa Community Club, Southdale Recreation Association, and the Masons (Prince Rupert Lodge).

He died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 4 November 1981. He is commemorated by Art McOuat Memorial Park.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Art McOuat Memorial Park / Maginot Arena (910 Maginot Street, Winnipeg)

Sources:

Marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death notice [Walter Scott McOuat], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 June 1953, page 21.

“Mrs. A. Gillan holds Trousseau reception,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 June 1956, page 20.

“McOuat - Gillan,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 June 1956, page 14.

“New faces in suburbs,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 October 1964, page 3.

“St. Boniface residents seek reason for parade,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 May 1967, page 3.

Obituary [Grace Veronica McOuat], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 April 1968, page 32.

“Ald. McOuat resigning,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 September 1969, page 37.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 November 1981, page 33.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 24 April 2015

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