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Memorable Manitobans: William Grant Paterson Munro (1923-2017)


Born at Winnipeg on 25 April 1923, son of William E. Munro and Helen Botting, he attended Robert H. Smith School, Queenston School, and Gordon Bell High School before attending the Musgrove School of Art, Winnipeg School of Art, and Ontario College of Art. In 1944, he joined the National Film Board where he was involved in the Oscar-award-winning film “Neighbours” in 1952. In the late 1950s, he moved to England to pursue a career in animation, rejoining the NFB in 1961. He worked on two other Oscar-nominated films: “My Financial Career” and “Christmas Cracker.” He retired in 1988. In recognition of his role in the Canadian film industry, he was awarded the Order of Canada (2007), and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) and an honorary doctorate from Concordia University. He died at Montreal, Quebec on 9 December 2017.


Famed Winnipeg filmmaker and animator Grant Munro dies at age 94,” ChrisD, 11 December 2017.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 December 2017.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 February 2020

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