Memorable Manitobans: George David Lazier Minaker (1896-1982)
Editor and Publisher.
Born at Belleville, Ontario on 19 October 1896, son of G. P. Minaker and Anna Minaker, he came to Gladstone in 1905 when his father became Editor of the Gladstone Age newspaper. He was educated at Gladstone School and was working as a printer for the Gladstone Age when he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1915 and served overseas with the 78th Battalion. Returning from military duty, he married Sarah Elizabeth Muirhead (1900-1980) at Gladstone on 23 September 1919 and in time they had seven children: Robert Minaker, Richard Minaker, Clement George Minaker, William Minaker (?-1971), Ronald Minaker (?-1944), Helen Minaker, and Gail Minaker. He continued working in the newspaper business, at Neepawa and Morris, where he was Editor and Publisher of the Morris Herald. During the Second World War, he served with the Royal Canadian Engineers and Fort Garry Horse, after which he moved to St. James where he resided until his death. He died at Winnipeg on 29 September 1982 and was buried in the Gladstone Cemetery.
Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.
Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 September 1982, page 49.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 14 September 2018
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