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Memorable Manitobans: Nelson M. Shoemaker (1911-2003)

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Nelson M. Shoemaker
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Insurance and real estate agent, MLA (1958-1959), MLA (1959-1962), MLA (1963-1966), MLA (1966-1969).

Born on a farm near Grandview on 17 February 1911, son of Allan Shoemaker and Alice Louetta Harkness, he was educated at Grandview. He received his elementary education in the one-room Artemesia School and high school at Grandview. His business career began in 1931 when he took up the Neepawa dealership for Watkins products. He was later a partner in the insurance and real estate firm of Shoemaker-McGilvray Agencies. Eventually he was joined by Homer Gill.

On 29 June 1933, he married Edith E. Ford, daughter of Fred F. Ford. They had two daughters: Penelope Lynn Shoemaker and Erin Diane Shoemaker. He served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Neepawa Curling Club (1952 to 1960s), director of Associated Hospitals of Manitoba (1955 to 1960), alderman for the Town of Neepawa (1956 to 1959), and a member of the Neepawa Lions Club, Curling Club, Manitoba Real Estate Board, and Insurance Agent’s Association of Manitoba. He was first elected to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1958 general election, and was re-elected in 1959, 1962, 1963, and 1966. In recognition of his community service, he received a Canadian Centennial Medal (1967).

He died at Neepawa on 10 June 2003.

Sources:

The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1960.

“Second resident receives medal,” Brandon Sun, 23 December 1967, page 32.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 June 2003.

“They will never be forgotten,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2003, pages A6-7.

Members of the Legislative Assembly (deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 September 2014

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