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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Lloyd “Frenchy” McDonald (1911-2005)

Municipal administrator, civil servant.

Born at Dauphin on 29 November 1911 to Mabel Gertrude McLeod (1885-1975) and Robert Lewis McDonald (1882-1961), he moved to Souris in 1925, where he completed high school. In 1939, he married schoolteacher Lucy Janey Kitchen (1913-2019), with whom he went on to have two daughters.

In 1936, he began his work in municipal administration with the Municipality of Glenwood, continuing in 1940 with the Municipality of St. Clements and subsequently the Town of Selkirk. In 1954, he joined the provincial government and served as Chairman of the Municipal, Public Utilities, and Motor Carrier Boards, after which he became the Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs, a post he held until retirement in 1974.

After spending many retirement years in Manitoba following the sun with the seasons, he and his wife moved to Victoria, British Columbia in 1996.

He died at Victoria on 6 October 2005.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 October 2005.

Obituary [Lucy Jane McDonald], Winnipeg Free Press, 12 January 2019.

“Robert Lloyd McDonald,” McDonald Family Tree, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Lois Braun.

Page revised: 14 April 2022

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