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Memorable Manitobans: Stanley Dowhan (1927-1993)

Municipal official.

Born at Winnipeg on 14 August 1927, he was a self-employed manufacturer. Active in municipal politics, he was elected as alderman for the City of East Kildonan in 1968. Two years later, he defeated incumbent mayor Michael Ruta in a hard-fought campaign and was the city’s final mayor before amalgamating with the City of Winnipeg on 1 January 1972. In the municipal election in October 1971, Dowhan was elected to Winnipeg City Council representing the new East Kildonan ward. Though he ran with the Independent Citizens Election Committee (ICEC) party, he soon left the caucus and sat as an independent. In the 1974 municipal election he was defeated by old rival Michael Ruta. He lived with his wife Marilyn at 398 Washington Avenue, East Kildonan. He died suddenly at Winnipeg on 9 August 1993 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.

Sources:

“Dowhan takes mayoralty decision”, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 October 1969.

“Dowhan quits committee”, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 May 1974.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 August 1993.

Members of East Kildonan Council and Key Office Holders, 1914-1971, Miles Macdonell Alumni Association.

This page was prepared by Christian Cassidy.

Page revised: 30 June 2012

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