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Memorable Manitobans: George Alfred Keates (1898-1990)


Born at Toronto, Ontario on 9 June 1898, he served in the First World War and was wounded in July 1918 at the Battle of Arras. He worked with Fairweather’s Limited until 1944, when he accepted a position in Winnipeg as Managing Director and shareholder in Manitoba Cartage and Storage Limited. Subsequently, he became President and owner of the Company until 1976, when he sold the company and retired. He was very interested in public affairs and was an Honorary Life Member of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and Past Governor of the Winnipeg Horsemen’s Club.

For 37 years, he served as Management Representative on the Manitoba Labour Relations Board, and in recognition of his services, he was inducted into the Order of the Buffalo Hunt. He was also a lifelong Mason and member of the Winnipeg Rotary Club, serving as President in 1953-1954. For sixteen years before amalgamation, he served as a councillor for the Town of Tuxedo and was granted the Community Service Award by the City of Winnipeg for his services to the 1967 Pan American Games.

He died at Winnipeg on 24 June 1990.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 June 1990, page 32.

This page was prepared by Kris Keen.

Page revised: 31 August 2020

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