Memorable Manitobans: William Walter “Bill” Jenkins (1921-1995)
Carpenter, MLA (1969-1973), MLA (1973-1977), MLA (1977-1981).
Born on 10 November 1921, he was raised and educated at Souris. During the Second World War, he joined the Winnipeg Rifles and later transferred to the Canadian Scottish Regiment. He was wounded during the D-Day invasion and recuperated in England. In 1946, he returned to Winnipeg where he attended the University of Manitoba and worked as a foreign biller and car repair estimator for the Canadian Pacific Railway.
He served on the Winnipeg School Board from 1962 to 1969 where he was Chairman of the Building Committee. He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1969 general election, representing the Logan constituency in the Schreyer government, serving at times as Chairman of the House Committee and Deputy Speaker. He was re-elected in 1973 and 1977 but did not stand for re-election in 1981. He then became a member of the Manitoba Rental Review Board. In 1977, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal.
He died at Winnipeg on 7 March 1995 and was buried in the Glen Eden Memorial Garden.
“Logan,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 September 1977, page 11.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 March 1995, page 23.
Members of the Legislative Assembly (deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 23 April 2021