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Memorable Manitobans: John Rosing Carter (1923-2015)


Born at Winnipeg on 25 September 1923, son of Charles Gregory Carter and Edith Charlotte Rosing (1885-1935), the family moved to a new home at 620 South Drive in 1929. He attended General Steele School, Mulvey School, and Gordon Bell High School, graduating from the latter in 1939. He worked for the family automobile business, Carter Motors, until 1941 when he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and served as a Flying Instructor.

In 1945, after his military discharge, he rejoined Carter Motors and succeeded his father as its owner in 1968. He established Carter Holdings, a commercial real estate business in the mid-1950s. He sold the automobile dealership in 1994 and continued to operate Carter Holdings until his death. He served as President of the Manitoba Motor Dealers Association (eight years) and Winnipeg Executives Association.

On 14 June 1946, he married Margaret Aileen Hunt at Riverview United Church and they subsequently had two sons and two daughters. The family lived in Fort Garry before moving to Tuxedo in the 1960s. He was President of the Manitoba Badminton Association and a member of the Winnipeg Kiwanis Club, Westminster United Church, Wildwood Club, Winnipeg Badminton Club, Winnipeg Winter Club, and St. Charles Golf and Country Club.

He died at Winnipeg on 20 May 2015.


“Margaret Aileen Hunt weds John Rosing Carter,” Winnipeg Tribune, 15 June 1946, page 11.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 May 2015.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 February 2021

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