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Memorable Manitobans: Gilbert Doud Box (1912-1981)

Business administrator, municipal official, Mayor of Brandon (1977-1978).

Born in the Rural Municipality of Strathcona on 15 May 1912, son of undertaker Alonzo Gilbert Box (1879-1952) and Eva Gertrude Bowman (c1881-1969), he spent his early years at Pierson. Box spent 28 years in the hardware business, managing six hardware stores, and 16 years as the business manager for the Brandon Clinic. He served on the Brandon city council from 1959 to 1969 and, for 13 years, on the Board of Police Commissioners. He resigned as Brandon Mayor in mid-November 1978 after completing just 13 months of a three-year term. On 28 October 1935, he married Helen Edith Mayne (1914-1986) at Souris. They had no children. He died at his home at Killarney on 13 July 1981 and was buried in the Brandon Municipal Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Brandon Sun, 9 January 1979.

Brandon Sun, 23 December 1976.

“Five-way contest possible,” Brandon Sun, 4 October 1977.

“Flu epidemic,” Brandon Sun, 18 August 1976.

“Former mayor dies,” Brandon Sun, 14 July 1981, page 1.

Obituary, Brandon Sun, 15 July 1981, page 12.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Sandy Jasper for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 January 2021

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