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Memorable Manitobans: George Spencer Turner (1906-1994)

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George Spencer Turner
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Business executive.

Born at Wallingford, England on 5 January 1906, one of five children born to Mabel and Alfred Turner, the family came to Canada and settled at Fernie, British Columbia. After the death of the parents, the children moved to Gainsborough, Saskatchewan where he worked on a farm. In 1928, he moved to Forrest where he worked as an agent for Manitoba Pool Elevators. While there, he met Uriel Audrey Thomas (c1911-1979) and married her on 18 July 1933. He was transferred to Winnipeg in 1941 to work as a grain inspector then served successively as Divisional Superintendent, Assistant Manager, General Manager (1962-1970), and President (1969-1970). He resigned in 1970 to become Vice-President of the grain exporting firm XCAN Grain Pool Limited. He then worked in North Africa evaluating methods of grain handling for developing countries. He retired in 1974 and moved to Ottawa, Ontario in 1980. He died there on 15 February 1994.

Sources:

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Seed poll in fall,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 June 1973, page 1.

Obituary [Uriel Audrey Turner], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 October 1979, page 72.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 February 1994, page 42.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 December 2018

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