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Memorable Manitobans: John “Errol” Black (1939-2012)

Educator, municipal official.

Born at Brandon in 1939, son of Roberta Jean Groat (1911-1998) and Thomas Alexander “Tommy” Black (1910-1992), he taught Economics at Brandon University for over 30 years. After retirement, he represented Riverview Ward on the Brandon City Council and was a board member of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Manitoba and he was a New Democratic candidate in the 2000 federal general election. In recognition of his community service, he was inducted into the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt (2011), and he received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). He died at Brandon on 4 November 2012 after a long and debilitating battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, survived by a wife and three sons. He is commemorated by a public park in Brandon.

His articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:

Labour in Brandon Civic Politics: A Long View
Manitoba History, Number 23, Spring 1992

The Forkin Papers
Manitoba History, Number 56, October 2007


Obituary [Thomas Alexander Black], Winnipeg Free Press, 1 August 1992, page 74.

Obituary [Roberta Jean Black], Brandon Sun, 3 September 1998, page 40.

Brandon political advocate Errol Black dies,” CBC News Manitoba, 5 November 2012.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 10 November 2012

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 June 2020

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