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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Albert John “Jack” Cunnings (?-1987)


Born at Rosthern, Saskatchewan, he attended the University of Manitoba and was a banker in western Canada from 1925 to 1937. He became director of rehabilitation for the Sanatorium Board of Manitoba in 1942 and held various administrative positions with the organization until 1973. He was also Chief Administrative Officer for the Manitoba Rehabilitation Hospital in Winnipeg and the Ninette Sanatorium from 1947. A member of the Board of Regents for United College (later University of Winnipeg) from 1957 to 1976, he was its Chair from 1973 to 1976. He was given an honorary doctorate by the University of Winnipeg (1978) and he received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977). He died at Winnipeg on 3 May 1987.


“U of W convocation to honor 3,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 May 1978, page 20.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 May 1987, page 40.

Obituary [Bente Cunnings], Winnipeg Free Press, 31 January 2007.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 July 2020

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