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Memorable Manitobans: Donald Savigny Paterson (1918-2006)

Grain merchant.

Born at Thunder Bay, Ontario in 1918, son of Norman M. Paterson and Eleanor Margaret Macdonald (?-1970), he studied at Bishop’s University before enlisting in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1940, serving overseas as a pilot of Lancaster bombers. He completed 29 missions and received the Distinguished Flying Cross, France and Germany Star, 1939-1945 Star, Defense Medal, and Canadian Volunteer and Service Medal and Clasp. He worked for Paterson Grain, the family grain company, for 66 years, including a period as its President (1981-2001). At the time of his death, he was Honorary Chairman of Paterson GlobalFoods. In 1947, he married Jane B. Paterson (?-2003) and they had five children: Norman Paterson, Charles Paterson, Ellen Paterson, John Paterson, and Andrew B. Paterson. He served as Chairman of the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange and a director of Voyageur Explorations, Stall Lake Mines, Grain Insurance and Guarantee, and The Paterson Foundation. He died at Winnipeg on 24 May 2006.


Obituary [Jane Paterson], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 July 2003.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 27 May 2006.

“They will not be forgotten” by Kevin Rollason, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 January 2007, page B1.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 November 2016

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