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Memorable Manitobans: Bart Kobar (1923-2003)

Businessman, civic leader.

Born at The Pas on 29 October 1923, son of Peter and Gertrude Kobar, he grew up at Herb Lake. He worked as a prospector, fisherman, trapper, diamond driller, and dragline operator. He owned and operated the Blanshard Hotel in Oak River from 1955 to 1957. In 1958, he purchased a hardware store in The Pas which he operated until retirement in 2002. He was President of The Pas Chamber of Commerce (1961-1962) and served for over 20 years on its executive committee, as well as serving on town council in 1965-1966. He had two northern Manitoba lakes and a fault named after him, in recognition of his contributions to prospecting in the North. He died at The Pas on 30 September 2003 and was interred in The Pas Lakeside Cemetery.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 10 October 2003.

“They will never be forgotten” by Kevin Rollason, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2003, page A6.

This page was prepared by Ian Stewart.

Page revised: 9 July 2017

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