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Memorable Manitobans: Melville Alexander “Mel” MacDonald (1907-1983)

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Born at MacGregor on 25 August 1907, son of Margaret Campbell, he was educated at MacGregor School and in Winnipeg. He worked at newspapers at North Bay (Ontario), Sudbury (Ontario), Ottawa (Ontario), and the Winnipeg Citizen. During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force (1940-1946). He took over the Pilot Mound Sentinel in 1949. He bought the Crystal City Courier in 1952 and merged it to form the Pilot Mound Sentinel Courier. He retired in 1975 and received a Life Membership in the Manitoba Community Newspaper Association the following year. He married Helena W. Holtslag (1910-2006) and they had a son and a daughter. He died at Crystal City on 7 June 1983 and was buried in the Pilot Mound Cemetery.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Area journalist dies,” Brandon Sun, 9 June 1983, page 22.

Obituary [Helena W. MacDonald], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 March 2006.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 March 2022

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