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Memorable Manitobans: David J. Paterson (1879-1975)

Community activist.

Born in Scotland in 1879, he immigrated to Canada in 1888 and settled in the Helston area before eventually moving to Westbourne. He was best known for the creation of Perry Park in Westbourne. The Winnipeg Tribune named him “Citizen of the Year” in 1956. He was an honorary member of the Children’s Aid Society of Central Manitoba and a member of the Manitoba Horticultural Association. In 1960, his service to Manitoba was recognized with a Manitoba Golden Boy Award. He died at Portage la Prairie on 2 October 1975 and was buried in the Westbourne Cemetery.


“These twelve Manitobans to receive Golden Boy Awards,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 June 1960, page 12.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 October 1975, page 22.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 January 2019

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