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Memorable Manitobans: John Robertson (1934-2014)


Born at Winnipeg on 12 March 1934, son of Peter and Margaret Robertson, he attended St. Ignatius School and St. Paul’s High School. His career in journalism began in 1956 at the Winnipeg Free Press then the Regina Leader Post and the Toronto Telegram. He returned to Winnipeg and the Free Press in 1986. The following year he became a columnist at the Montreal Star where, in 1973, he won a National Newspaper Award for sportswriting. While in Montreal, he hosted an open line radio show for several years then he returned to Winnipeg as the host of CBC’s 24 Hours television news program. While in Winnipeg, he founded the Manitoba Marathon, in 1978. He moved to Toronto in 1982 where he worked for the Toronto Star for three years. In 1990, poor health necessitated his retirement to Winnipeg Beach. He died at Gimli on 25 January 2014.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 January 2014.

We thank Kevin Rollason for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 January 2015

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