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Memorable Manitobans: Philip Antonio “Phil / Tony” Rizzuto (1926-2004)

Municipal official, community activist.

Born at Fernie, British Columbia on 26 June 1926, his family moved to Transcona in 1933 and he attended the Transcona Central School. He worked in his brother's shoe repair shop then became a shoemaker. In 1946, he joined the Canadian National Railway as a carman, being co-owner of the Central Hotel from 1954 to 1971. He represented the Kern Park Ward on the Trancona municipal council for 12 years starting in 1971. He was a Conservative candidate for the Transcona constituency in the 1973 provincial general election. He helped to build the East End Community Club and was its President (1970-1977). He was also President of the Transcona Retired Citizens Organization, and a member of the Knights of Columbus and Royal Canadian Legion. He died at Winnipeg on 25 May 2004 and was buried in the Transcona Cemetery. He is commemorated by Rizzuto Bay in Winnipeg.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 May 2004, page 25.

“They will live on in memory” by Kevin Rollason, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2004, page B4.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 May 2021

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