Memorable Manitobans: David Reginald “Dave” Bonner (1928-2006)
Born at Winnipeg on 24 March 1928, son of Henry George “Harry” Bonner (1901-1992) and Coralie Muriel Gedge (1905-1991), his childhood was spent in the Woodhaven neighbourhood. After developing an early interest in photography, at the age of 18 he became a news photographer with the Winnipeg Free Press. After a 32-year career with the Free Press, he worked for the Winnipeg Tribune for nine months until it ceased operations, after which he worked as a freelance photographer.
In 1946, he became a life member of the Winnipeg Press Club and was its President in 1972. He was a member of The Nor'Westers (1988). He had also contributed to The Maple Leaf Legacy Project by photographing the tombstones of soldiers who had lost their lives in war.
He died at the Boundary Trails Health Centre on 16 December 2006.
Marriage registration [Henry George Bonner, Coralie Muriel Gedge], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Francis - Bonner,” Winnipeg Tribune, 2 March 1965, page 12.
Obituary [Coralie Muriel Bonner], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 October 1991, page 24.
Obituary [Henry Bonner], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 March 1992, page 49.
This page was prepared by John Redekopp.
Page revised: 1 December 2023