Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Andrew “Joe” MacDonald (1924-1991)
Born at Antigonish, Nova Scotia on 17 August 1924, one of sixteen children of Allan C. MacDonald and Mary MacDonald, he served as a Flying Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. After the war, he joined Cockshutt Farm Equipment at Truro, Nova Scotia. It became known as White Farm Equipment and he held several positions throughout Canada and the United States, being appointed President in 1969, based at Brantford, Ontario.
In 1971, he purchased Killbery Industries, a small agricultural machinery manufacturing company based at Winnipeg. A few years later, he renamed the firm MacDon Industries and grew it substantially in size, selling its machinery all over the world. He was inducted posthumously into the Manitoba Manufacturers Hall of Fame (2007).
He and wife Anne had four sons, including Gary Andrew MacDonald (1951-2021).
He died at Winnipeg on 4 October 1991 and was buried in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 October 1991, page 23.
Obituary [Gary Andrew MacDonald], Winnipeg Free Press, 23 October 2021.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 3 August 2022