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Memorable Manitobans: Dirk Gilbert “Dick” Mulder (1923-2019)

Horticulturist, businessman.

Born at Zeist, The Netherlands on 9 April 1923, son of Gerrit “George” Mulder (1889-1965) and Dirksje “Daisy” Bezemer (1898-1963), brother of Areen Mary Mulder, his childhood was spent at East St. Paul where his parents had a market gardening business. In adulthood, he became involved in the business, expanding it to Portage la Prairie and Carberry. He and his brother Everett operated the heavy construction business of Mulder Brothers until selling it to Genstar in 1970. He was involved in the initial development of the Asessippi Ski Area and Resort. He re-entered the construction business in 1979 and operated Mulder Construction and Materials until 2010. He served on the boards of the Vegetable Growers Association of Manitoba (honorary life member), Manitoba Vegetable Producers Marketing Board, and Manitoba Vegetable Marketing Commission. He was a Progressive Conservative candidate for the Brokenhead constituency in the 1962 provincial general election. On 19 December 1947, he married Velma Lydia “Val” Stople (1923-1999) and they had three children, including Barry A. Mulder. He was a member of John Black United Church, Rotary Club of Winnipeg, Elmhurst Golf and Country Club, Wellness Institute, and Western Canada Roadbuilders. He died at Winnipeg on 15 June 2019.

Sources:

“Velma Stople plights troth to D. G. Mulder,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 December 1947, page 13.

Obituary [Daisy Mulder], Winnipeg Tribune, 24 December 1963, page 18.

Obituary [George Mulder], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 November 1965, page 44.

Obituary [Velma Lydia Stople], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 June 1999, page 38.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 June 2019.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 September 2021

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