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Memorable Manitobans: George Donald McKay (1852-1929)

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George Donald McKay
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Businessman.

Born at Cummertrees, Queensberry Estate, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland on 24 September 1852, son of David McKay (1798-1860) and Agnes Donald McKay (1828-1920, daughter of George Donald), he immigrated to Montreal in 1875 where he operated a successful clothing store and resided in Westmount. He moved with his family to Winnipeg in 1904 and successfully operated G. D. McKay & Co. furriers and clothiers at 297-299 Portage Avenue (McKay Block) opening on 28 September 1904. He frequently travelled to Paris, London, and New York on buying trips. He was President of the Penniac Reef Gold Mines Limited.

In 1877, he married Prudentia Eleanor McClay (1857-1945) at Montreal, Quebec and together they had eight children: Margaret Jean McKay, Agnes Donald McKay, Georgia Gladys McKay, Harold Lawton McKay, David McKay, Charles Maxwell Murdoch McKay, James Quinton McKay, and Brice Annan Miller McKay.

He died at Winnipeg on 11 February 1929 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Sources:

“George D. McKay succumbs in seventy-seventh year,” Manitoba Free Press, 13 February 1929, page 2.

Obituary, Manitoba Free Press, 13 February 1929, page 21.

This page was prepared by John Perrin.

Page revised: 3 December 2020

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