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Memorable Manitobans: Neil Gordon MacKay (1930-2015)

Lawyer, community activist.

Born at Clanwilliam on 8 June 1930, son of Robert J. MacKay and Tillie MacKay, he was educated at Grey School, Minnedosa Collegiate, Brandon College, and the University of Manitoba Law School. Graduating from the latter in 1957, he was called to the Manitoba Bar in May 1959 then practiced law in Winnipeg for over 57 years. He started with the Attorney General’s department, then Tupper Adams where was eventually senior partner, and finally his own firm. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1985. Active in the community, he volunteered with Big Brothers, St. Vital Chamber of Commerce, Deer Lodge Foundation, Rotary Club of Assiniboine (President), provincial and federal Liberal Party, and Ducks Unlimited Canada. He was a member of the Granite Curling Club. He died at Winnipeg on 20 October 2015.

Sources:

“MacKay – Hagglund,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 July 1957, page 9.

“Called to Bar,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 May 1959, page 7.

“Fourteen are appointed Queen’s Counsel,” Swan Valley Star and Times, 23 January 1986, page 12.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 October 2015.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 October 2015

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