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Memorable Manitobans: John Edward Pullen (1926-2005)

Electrician, community activist.

Born at London, England on 4 September 1926, he served in the military during the Second World War. In 1951, he married his wife Winnie and they immigrated to Winnipeg in 1957 where he worked as a journeyman electrician. He became active in trade unions and, in 1960, became the business manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2085. He served as President of the Building Construction Trades Council before joining the Manitoba Government Employees Association, serving as Assistant Executive Director of Negotiating Services (1976) and Director of Operations to retirement in 1989. He was Vice-President and later President of the Manitoba Federation of Labour (1977-1984). In recognition of his community service, he was inducted into the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt (1985) and he received the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation Medal (1992), Cesar E. Chavez Black Eagles Award, and Stanley Knowles Solidarity Award. He died at the Grace Hospital on 2 October 2005.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 October 2005.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 August 2021

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