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Memorable Manitobans: R. Ross Smith (1930-2008)

Businessman, sports executive.

Born in Three Rivers, Quebec on 28 July 1930, only son of Fred and Elsie Smith, he attended McGill University and graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering. He worked at Shell Oil in Calgary. After marriage in 1956 he and wife Dorothy moved to Palo Alto, California where he earned an MBA from Stanford University then returned to Calgary and joined Home Oil. He was hired by James Richardson and Sons and returned to Winnipeg, where he retired in 1993. He served as President of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the CFL, and he was on the boards of Pan Canadian, Wawanesa, and Richardson Greenshields Securities. He died at Winnipeg on 10 April 2008.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 April 2008.

“Manitobans’ Legacy a Better Province,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 January 2009, page B2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 March 2016

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