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Memorable Manitobans: Donald Leatham “Don” Aiken (1914-2004)

Journalist, author.

Born at Winnipeg on 25 May 1914, son of James and Mabel Aiken, he spent several years in Aberdeen, Scotland. He returned to Manitoba in 1933 and became the editor of the Manitoba Commonwealth, a publication affiliated with the CCF, and participated in election campaigns and rallies. In 1937, he attended Normal School and went on to teach at Merridale School. During the Second World War, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, trained as a navigator and trained other navigators at Rivers before going to Europe. After the war, he returned to Winnipeg and worked as a reporter and editor at the Winnipeg Tribune. He continued working in the newspaper industry and in public relations until he retired in 1979. From 1984 to 1990 he was Executive Secretary of the Manitoba Press Council and, in 1984, he published a book entitled It Happened in Manitoba. He was a poet, gardener, camping enthusiast, historian, photographer, and avid reader. He died at Winnipeg on 3 November 2004.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 November 2004.

“They will live on in memory” by Kevin Rollason, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2004, page B4.

This page was prepared by Ian Stewart.

Page revised: 7 October 2017

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