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Memorable Manitobans: Henry Joseph “Harry” Paine (1933-2016)

Chef, general contractor, social activist.

Born at Hastings, England on 19 May 1933, he moved to Toronto, Ontario in 1951. He came to Winnipeg in the 1970s where he established the backstage kitchen for the Winnipeg Folk Festival, continuing to feed performers, guests and volunteers for the next 40 years. In 1987, he quit his job as a general contractor and plumber to work as one of the founders of the West End Cultural Centre. He was active in the local NDP party, served on the boards of several Neighbourhood Renewal Corporations, and was President of the Manitoba Society of Seniors. In recognition of his community service, he received the Lieutenant Governor’s Make A Difference Community Award. In 21013, he was featured in the local film “Cooking the Revolution.” He died at Winnipeg on 30 December 2016.


“Fixing the food of the Folk Fest for 40 years,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 June 2013, page A13.

Long-time Winnipeg social justice activist Harry Paine dead at 83,” CBC News, 1 January 2017.

Social-justice advocate, Folk Festival co-founder Harry Paine dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 January 2017.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 January 2017.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 January 2017

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