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Memorable Manitobans: John McWilliams (1917-2003)


Born at Winnipeg on 11 April 1917, son of Nevin McWilliams and Mary McGowan, he attended Principal Sparling School, General Wolfe School, Daniel McIntyre Collegiate, and Wesley College. He graduated in 1937 and went to work for the North West Commercial Travellers’ Association, serving as its General Manager until retirement in 1987. Around 1982, he wrote a history of the Association entitled 100th Anniversary: “Nothing Happens Until a Sale is Made.” He served as President of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, President of the Rotary Club of Winnipeg, Director of the Manitoba Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation, Director of the Manitoba Travel and Convention Association, Chairman of the Assiniboine South School Division Board, and a member of the Board of Regents of the University of Winnipeg. An active athlete, he was a member of the Pine Ridge Golf Club and Niakwa Country Club, and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. He died at Winnipeg on 28 June 2003.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 2 July 2003.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 August 2020

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