Memorable Manitobans: Gordon Edward Konantz (1896-1954)
Born at St. Paul, Minnesota around 1896, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BSc in Economics. After serving in American forces during the First World War, he came to Winnipeg in August 1919 and, on 11 February 1922, he married Margaret MacTavish Rogers. Their sons were William Konantz (husband of Mary Anne McPhee) and Gordon Konantz. He was President of North American Lumber and Supply Company and its subsidiaries, the Citizens Lumber Company and North American Buildings Limited. He was a prominent sportsman, serving as Commodore of the Royal Lake of the Woods Yacht Club (1939-1946) and President of the Puffin Ski Club (1942-1945) and Winnipeg Squash Racquet Club (1971-1972). He was a Director of the St. Charles Country Club and the Canadian Forestry Association, and President of Ducks Unlimited Canada (1954). He died at his Winnipeg home, 203 Park Boulevard, on 24 October 1954 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.
“Lumber Co. President dies at 58,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 October 1954, page 1.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 October 1954, page 27.
Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank James Arnett for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 18 March 2019
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