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Memorable Manitobans: Matthew McNeil “Bud” Wocks (1901-1969)

Civil servant.

Born at Portage la Prairie on 13 June 1901, son of William Wocks (1858-1922) and Margaret Victoria McNeil (1860-1925), he grew up at Dauphin. He came to Winnipeg in 1918 and worked as Executive Director of the Retail Merchants Association of Canada prior to being appointed Director of Tourism for the Province of Manitoba. At the time of his death, he was Executive Assistant to the Minister of Tourism and Consumers Affairs. In 1957, he was inducted into the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt for his involvement in a publicity tour to New Orleans. He and wife Kathleen Maude Troughton had a son, Donald Honor Wocks (1934-1994). He was an active member of the Progressive Conservative Association of Canada and was a candidate in the 1965 federal election, being defeated by Stanley Knowles. He died at the Winnipeg home, 261 Scotia Street, on 16 July 1969.

Sources:

Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 July 1969, page 26.

Death registration [Donald Honor Wocks], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 January 2020

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