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Memorable Manitobans: Frank Stack (1906-1987)

Speed skater.

Born at Winnipeg in 1906, son of John Stack and Florence May Atkinson, he won the western indoor speed-skating championship in Chicago in 1929. He set many records in the 1930s, including one for five miles which stood for years. He won bronze at the 1935 Olympics, then sat out the 1936 games. He finished fifth at the Olympics in Switzerland in 1948. He coached the 1960 Canadian Olympic speed-skating team. He was inducted into the Order of the Buffalo Hunt (1973), Canadian Sports Hall of Fame (1974), and Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame (1981). He and wife May Emily Barnett (1911-1946) had two daughters. He died at Winnipeg on 25 January 1987. He is commemorated by Stack Street in Winnipeg.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary [May Emily Stack], Winnipeg Tribune, 26 August 1946, page 15.

“Olympian skater Frank Stack dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 January 1987, page 47.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 January 1987, page 25.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 August 2021

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