Memorable Manitobans: Kenneth Donald Carels (1938-2005)
Banker, merchant, municipal official.
Born at Melita on 19 January 1938, he was employed by the Royal Bank of Canada, at Brandon and Crystal City. He returned to Melita in 1958 to manage the Red and White Store for his father and taking ownership in 1973. On 4 August 1958 he married Ellen Cooper of Minnedosa. They resided in Melita where they raised their children.
He served as Councillor for the Town of Melita from 1971 to 1980 and Mayor of Melita from 1980 to 2002. He served as a Director of the Manitoba Association of Urban Municipalities from 1978 to 1982 and a Director of the Union of Manitoba Municipalities from 1982 to 1998. He also served on the MHO, Manitoba Surface Rights Board, Wheat Belt Community Futures, MGRA, MARRC, Manitoba Good Roads Association (President, 1995), and others. He was an active member of the Lions Club, Kinsmen, K-40, Chamber of Commerce, Curling Club, Arena Board, Sacred Heart Church and many more. Ken was honoured to be presented with a commemorative medal marking the 125th anniversary of Confederation of Canada in 1992 and being named an honorary life member of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities in 2004. He had a passion for sports and loved curling, bowling, golfing, baseball, football and playing cards.
He died at Melita on 26 January 2005.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 February 2005.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 13 December 2014
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