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Memorable Manitobans: Rhys M. Sale (1897-1980)

Automobile executive.

Born at Windsor, Ontario on 5 March 1897, he started work as a bank clerk, in Detroit (Michigan) then at Windsor. In 1916, he joined the Ford Motor Company as a clerk. He rose through the ranks to succeed Henry Ford II as Vice-President in 1946. He later became President and Chairman of the Board of the company, stepping down in 1962. In 1967 he was appointed President of McGraw-Edison (Canada) Limited. He was a Director of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, the Great West Life Assurance Company, and several others firms. He was a member of the Lakewood Country Club in Manitoba. He died on 17 November 1980.


“Greig heads Ford Company of Canada”, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 May 1946.

We thank Keith Davies Jones for providing additional information used in this profile.

Page revised: 15 August 2010

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