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Memorable Manitobans: Gerald B. Gray (1930-2010)

Businessman, philanthropist, community leader.

Born at Winnipeg on 4 September 1930, he was educated at St. John’s High School. His father died when he was a teenager and he dropped out of school at age 16. A successful businessman, he eventually became Chief Executive Officer of Blackwoods Beverages, a local distributor and bottling centre for Pepsi and other soft drinks. A founder of the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, he donated $1 million to the renovation of Central Park in downtown Winnipeg and $1 million to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. The Gray Academy in Winnipeg is named for him. He died at Winnipeg on 8 October 2010 and was buried in Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.

Nephew of M. A. Gray.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 October 2010.

“Philanthropist wasn’t flamboyant” by Bill Redekop, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 October 2010, page B2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 April 2018

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