Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 138 years

 


MHS
Events


Fall
Field Trip:
Ukrainian
Settlement


Manitoba
History

No. 84


This Old
Elevator


Abandoned
Manitoba


War
Memorials
in Manitoba


Digitized
Local History
Books


Memorable
Manitobans


Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans: John Theodore Rodgers (1931-1998)

Social activist.

Born at Detroit, Michigan on 22 January 1931, he moved to Winnipeg with his brother at the age of 14 months and was raised by his grandparents. He was educated at Laura Secord School and Gordon Bell Collegiate. He had wanted to be a cartoonist and attended the Winnipeg Art School after completing Grade 10. Instead he inherited a share in a florist shop from his grandmother and worked as a florist for 16 years. He then took jobs with the railway and as a production supervisor in a food processing warehouse. In 1972 he founded the Main Street Project, an emergency shelter for homeless people in the Winnipeg inner city, and served as its executive director until the end of his life. He died of cancer at Winnipeg on 16 December 1998.

Sources:

“Winnipeg’s skid row loses ‘heart of a giant’”, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 December 1998, page A6.

“They are gone, but not forgotten”, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 1998, page A4.

Thie profile was written by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 November 2011

Memorable Manitobans

Memorable Manitobans

This is a collection of noteworthy Manitobans from the past, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society.

Search the collection by word or phrase, name, place, occupation or other text:

Custom Search

Browse surnames beginning with:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z | 2017


Send corrections and additions to the Memorable Manitobans Administrator at biographies@mhs.mb.ca

Criteria for Memorable Manitobans | Suggest a Memorable Manitoban  | Our Inspiration | Acknowledgements

Support the MHS and

Back to top of page

   


To report an error on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations Policy

© 1998-2017 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.