Memorable Manitobans: Arthur Thomas “Art” Ballingall (1920-1993)
Soldier, community activist.
Born at Winnipeg on 3 December 1920, son of Mary Elizabeth McGuire (?-1980) and George William Ballingall (1900-1981), his military career began with service in the CASC Cadets (1932-1935). In 1936, he joined the 10th Division Canadian Corps of Signals, later the 1st Battalion of the Winnipeg Grenadiers. During the Second World War, he was in Hong Kong when it fell to Japanese military forces and spent four years as a Prisoner of War. He was discharged from military service in 1958 and went into public relations, serving with Mercury Publications and Howes Waldon Associates before establishing his own firm, Trend Public Relations. He retired in 1966 due to war-related illness.
In 1953, he married Dorothy Helen Clark (1930-2008) and they had five children. He was a member of the Odd Fellows (Grand Master), Rebekahs, Ancient Mystic Order of Samaritans, Royal Canadian Legion, and Winnipeg Press Club. In recognition of his community service, he received the Coronation Medal, Canadian Forces Decoration, City of Winnipeg Community Service Award (1976), and was inducted into the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt (1989).
He died at Winnipeg on 12 December 1993 and was buried in the military section of Brookside Cemetery.
Marriage registration [George William Ballingall, Mary Elizabeth McGuire], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary [George William Ballingall], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 July 1977, page 30.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 December 1993, page 35.
Obituary [Dorothy Helen Ballingall], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 January 2010.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 15 August 2021