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Memorable Manitobans: Hugh Pollitt Smith (1912-1998)

Bush pilot.

Born in Liverpool, England, he came to Winnipeg in 1920. In 1927, he joined Arrow Airways Limited of The Pas as a pilot-engineer, and later barnstormed through western Manitoba. Smith joined the Manitoba Government Air Service in 1940, serving as Chief Superintendent at Lac du Bonnet in 1948 and Director from 1962 to 1975, when he retired. He served for five years in the 1960s as Chairman of the Lac du Bonnet Planning Board. He was President of the Lac du Bonnet Water Company (1954-1971), Director of the Lac du Bonnet and District Health Board (1975-1991), and served two terms on the Lac du Bonnet School Board. He died at Pinawa on 3 November 1998.

Husband of Helen Pollitt Smith.

Sources:

“Lac du Bonnet historian passes,” Lac du Bonnet Leader, 10 November 1998, page 3.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 January 2014

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