Memorable Manitobans: Helen Lillian Granger Young (1922-2023)
Born at Mimico, Ontario on 1 November 1922, daughter of Martha Lillian Shelley and Lewis Elmer Northgrave Granger, as a child she won a scholarship to the Ontario College of Art where she studied under Charles Fraser Comfort, Franklin Carmichael, and Fred S. Haines. She worked as a sculptor (in porcelain and later bronze) and artist, doing commercial work for Eaton's and Hudson's Bay stores, and was an art instructor. During the Second World War, she produced technical drawings of military equipment.
On 26 July 1949, she married William Allan “Bill” Young (1925-2003) at Winnipeg and they had four children. She continued to create, teach, and mentor art. In recognition of her community service, she was inducted into the Order of Manitoba (2013) and was selected as a Manitoba Women Trailblazer (2021).
She died at the Grace Hospital on 7 April 2023.
Some of her sculpting works in Manitoba included:
Helen Granger Young, Canadian Women Artists History Initiative.
Helen Granger Young O.M., A.O.C.A., The Nellie McClung Foundation.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 6 May 2023