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Memorable Manitobans: Peter N. Porritt (1923-2019)

Physician, community activist.

Born at Penzance, England on 23 May 1923, he was educated at King’s School Canterbury and trained at the London Hospital and the Royal National Orthopedic Hospitals. In 1958, he immigrated to Canada with his family, settling at Winnipeg, and continuing his medical career. He served as Chief of Orthopedics at the Grace Hospital and taught medicine at the University of Manitoba. An avid cricket enthusiast, he formed the Taverner’s Cricket Club and served as President of the Manitoba Cricket Association. He started field hockey in Manitoba, organizing the sport for the 1967 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, continuing to include five Olympic Games and culminating in the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg. He was a member of the Pan American Hockey Federation and International Field Hockey Federation. In recognition of his contributions to sport, he was inducted as a builder into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame (2000). He died at Winnipeg on 23 August 2019.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 August 2019.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 September 2019

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