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Memorable Manitobans: George W. P. Heffelfinger (1926-2018)

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George W. P. Heffelfinger
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Grain merchant, community activist.

Born at Minneapolis, Minnesota on 15 October 1926, son of George W. P. Heffelfinger and Ruth Jones, he served in the US Navy during the Second World War then married Jane Sayler and moved with her to Canada. They lived at Grenfell (Saskatchewan) and Thunder Bay (Ontario) before moving to Winnipeg where they raised five children. He was an executive with National Grain, rising to become its President (1962-1974). He served on the boards for the Manitoba Centennial Corporation, Centre Cultural Franco-Manitoban, and Winnipeg Art Gallery, and was active in the Liberal party. After leaving National Grain, he moved to Victoria, British Columbia where he was business manager and part owner of Monday Magazine, helped to found Pacific Opera Victoria, and was President of the American Bonsai Society. He died at Victoria on 13 June 2018.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 June 2018.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 June 2019

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