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Memorable Manitobans: Frank Lorne McKinnon (1934-2015)

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Educator, community activist.

Born at Wellwood on 16 June 1934, son of Clarissa and Charles McKinnon, at the age of 16 he moved to Brandon to attend school and play hockey. He was a long-time teacher, serving as Principal of Hamiota School (1956-1963) and Carman Collegiate (1964-1973). He promoted the benefits of high school athletics and coached numerous teams. For his role in fostering amateur sport in Manitoba, notably as commissioner of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for ten years, he was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame (1989), Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame, Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame, Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame, and the Order of Canada (2014). He died at Calgary, Alberta on 31 May 2015.


Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Order of Canada induction text, Governor General of Canada.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 June 2015, page B6.

“Manitoba loses three great sports people,” The Metro, 24 June 2015, page 30.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 June 2015

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