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Memorable Manitobans: George Edward Sharpe (1908-1985)

Businessman, Mayor of Winnipeg (1955-1956).

Born at Winnipeg on 6 November 1908, he was educated at Earl Grey School and Kelvin High School, and graduated with an electrical engineering degree from the University of Manitoba, in 1933. He took over the family business, Sharpe’s Limited, in 1937 and was President of the company until his death.

He was a Winnipeg city councillor (1946-1954) and Mayor (1955-1956). He served on the boards of Salvation Army, St. Amant Centre, Victoria Hospital, Canadian Cancer Society (Manitoba Division), Canadian Council of Christians and Jews, Age and Opportunity Bureau, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Clinic Research Foundation, Winnipeg Enterprises, and Victorian Order of Nurses. He was President of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce (1960-1961), Motor Country Club (1960-?), Winnipeg Winter Club, and Lions Club. He was a member of the Shriners, Fellowship Club, St. Charles Country Club, and Manitoba Club. He was on the Board of Trustees for Westminster United Church, Winnipeg Foundation, and on the board of directors of CP Air, Monarch Life Assurance Company, Canada Trust, Canadian Breweries Limited, and Canadian Reinsurance Company.

He died at Winnipeg on 20 November 1985 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Sources:

“George E. Sharpe,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 January 1960, page 17.

“The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Reports,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 May 1962, page 11.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 November 1985.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 May 2017

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