Memorable Manitobans: Jack Llewellyn MacDonald (1925-2014)
Born on a farm near Russell on 9 November 1925, the family moved to Neepawa around 1939 then to St. Vital where he completed grade 11 at Glenlawn Collegiate. He then became an accountant with the firm of Riddell, Stead, Graham and Hutchinson. During the Second World War, he served in the Canadian Navy, returning to Winnipeg after his military discharge and, in 1948, receiving a certificate as a chartered accountant. He worked successively for Robinson, Little and Company, Gambles Canada Limited (Vice-President of Finance for ten years), and the Manitoba Development Corporation (mid-1970s). In the 1970s, he purchased the MacDonald Shoe Store, started by his uncle Ainslie, with his brother Wayne.
Passionate about the sport of badminton, he served as President of the Manitoba Badminton Association and the Canadian Badminton Association (three terms). He served four terms on the Board of the Manitoba Sports Federation (now Sport Manitoba) and was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Canadian Badminton Hall of Fame in 2009. He was President of the St. Andrew’s Society of Winnipeg (1987-1988).
He died at Winnipeg on 17 September 2014.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 27 September 2014.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 11 October 2014
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