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Memorable Manitobans: John Leslie Rankin (1914-2009)

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John Leslie Rankin
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Farmer, municipal official.

Born at Oakner on 17 January 1914, he returned to the family farm in 1940 after receiving his Diploma in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba, where he raised purebred Shorthorns. He served the community through the 4-H, Oakner United Church, the public school system at local, division and provincial levels, and a number of hospital and health-related boards locally and provincially. He was a councillor in the Rural Municipality of Hamiota and, following his retirement, was Mayor of Hamiota. He was inducted into the Order of the Buffalo Hunt in 1991. He served a term as President of the Manitoba Society of Seniors. He was a member of the Masonic Order for almost sixty years, where he served as both Grand Master (1970) and Grand Secretary for Manitoba. He died at Hamiota on 22 September 2009.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 September 2009.

We thank Stan Barclay for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 September 2016

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