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Memorable Manitobans: John Edwin “Jack” Turnbull (1932-2002)


Born at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on 19 August 1932, he was mostly raised in Winnipeg, where he worked for a short time as a draftsman for MTS before moving onto a successful career broadcasting with the CBC. For thirty years, he was known as the co-host of ‘Spotlight’ with George Knight and Chuck Skelding, as the host of the ‘Around Town’ show as news anchor and Bill Guest’s sidekick on ‘Information Radio’ and as the voice of Stadium Ford commercials before his retirement. He had a lifelong interest in politics, world affairs and all things Canada. Jack also served as President and long-standing member of Legion #4, was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Shriners.

He died at Winnipeg on 9 February 2002.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 February 2002, page 33.

“They will never be forgotten”, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2002, pages A8-A9.

This profile was prepared by Kris Keen.

Page revised: 4 September 2011

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