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Memorable Manitobans: Edward Philip Rathgeber (1913-2004)

Business executive.

Born at Brandon on 23 October 1913, son of Jacob Rathgeber and Julia Messlin, he moved to Winnipeg in the 1930s where he worked for Western Grocers (later Westfair Foods), rising to the office of President and Chief Executive Officer in 1968. He also sat on the board of George Weston Limited when the company was becoming the largest non-financial corporation in Canada. He retired from business in 1973. On 20 June 1936, he married Emma Elsie Rangno (?-2007) at Winnipeg and they had two children. He died at Winnipeg on 18 November 2004.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Miss E. Elsie Rangno,” Winnipeg Tribune, 23 May 1936, page 11.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 November 2004.

Obituary [Elsie Rathgeber], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 April 2007.

We thank James Arnett and Joe Martin for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 September 2016

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