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Memorable Manitobans: John Armstrong “Jack” Lamb (1934-2009)

Aviation pioneer.

Born at Moose Lake, Manitoba on 12 April 1934, the son of Lambair founder Tom Lamb, he and his brothers spent their lives in and around aviation, and in the 1950s and 1960s, he was associated with numerous projects in northern Manitoba and the Arctic to develop the north. Lamb loved the North and its people, and spent seven years in Rankin Inlet, being installed and recognized as Village Elders. Ultimately, Lamb published a book, My Life In The North, chronicling his adventures and experiences in the North.

He was an avid volunteer, being a past President of The Pas Kinsmen Club, a Past Master of the Pas Masonic Lodge and a former director of both the Air Transport Association of Canada and the Western Canada Aviation Museum. He was a recipient of the 1967 Canada Confederation Medal and the Western Canada Aviation Museum Pioneer in Canadian Aviation Award in 2000. In 2007, Jack, his father, and his brothers were recognized by the government of Nunavut for their service to its development.

He died at Winnipeg on 12 January 2009.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 January 2009.

This page was prepared by Kris Keen.

Page revised: 29 November 2015

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