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Memorable Manitobans: Frederick George Chafe (1929-2012)


Born at St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1929, he attended McGill University in Montreal then was appointed Bureau Chief for the Canadian Press at Winnipeg. He was a member of the Promotion Council for the Manitoba Centennial Corporation. He served as President of the Winnipeg Press Club (1970). An avid writer for the Press Club’s popular “Beer and Skits” performances, he could also be found on the stage, once playing the role of Newfoundland premier Joey Smallwood. In 1977, he won the Beer and Skits “Zim Award” commemorating journalist Nathan Zimmerman. He subsequently worked for CP at Toronto and Vancouver, retiring in the latter place. He returned to Winnipeg in 2001, where he died on 16 April 2012.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 April 2012.

We thank Wendy Hart for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 June 2019

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