Memorable Manitobans: Roy Gordon Mitchell (1916-1994)
Farmer, photographer, conservationist.
Born at Sifton on 21 July 1916, son of William Mitchell and Laura Strasdin, he grew up on the family farm and attended Fairville School. As a young man he took up farming north of Dauphin and developed a keen interest in hunting, trapping, and nature photography. Over a period of 24 years, he developed a site along the Valley River into a nature sanctuary. He subsequently donated the land so it would remain a sanctuary in perpetuity. In 1985, his efforts were recognized by a Conservation Award from the provincial government. He died, unmarried, at Dauphin on 21 November 1994 and was buried in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.
“Gov’t honors local naturalists,” Dauphin Herald, 15 October 1985, page B2.
“A sanctuary forever,” Dauphin Herald, 14 October 1986, page 13.
Obituary, Dauphin Herald, 6 December 1994, page 27.
We thank Alan Mason for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 6 August 2017