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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Gerald Omichinski (1916-2002)

Farmer, municipal official.

Born at Ladywood on 24 September 1916, son of Joseph and Catherina Omichinski, he completed his education at Elm River. He moved to Windsor, Ontario where he was employed with the Ford Motor Company. In 1940, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and served in Canada until his discharge in 1945. The next year, he moved to the Oakville district where he farmed until retirement in 1992. He served as a councillor for the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie for nearly 40 years and stood as a Liberal candidate for the Portage constituency in the 1974 federal general election but lost to incumbent Peter Masniuk. He was also a member (26 years) and a long-time Chair of the Portage and District General Hospital Board, and a director with the United Grain Growers Board, a position he held for 21 years. He died at Portage la Prairie on 8 January 2002 and was buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 10 January 2002.

“They will never be forgotten,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2002, pages A8-A9.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 November 2017

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