Memorable Manitobans: George Nordland Suttie (1901-1968)
Born at Winnipeg on 1 April 1901, he was employed for 50 years at the Rapid Grip and Batten Limited, a commercial engraving company located on Vaughan Street. He served as President of the Typographical Union and also President of the Craftsmen’s Club.
First elected an East Kildonan municipal councilor in 1937, he was the final Reeve of the Rural Municipality of East Kildonan and the first Mayor of the City of East Kildonan when it was created on 1 July 1957. He was defeated in the 1958 provincial general election and 1967 municipal election. During his political tenure he served terms as President of the Mayors and Reeves Association and a member of the Manitoba Urban Association. He was a member of the Kildonan-St. Paul Health Unit Auxiliary Board (1956-1965) and was a commissioner of the Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board.
He resided with his wife Ada at 245 Ottawa Avenue. They had two daughters, Lorraine Suttie and Audrey Suttie. He was a founder of the Aurora Snowshoe Club and the City Bowling Club, a member of the East Kildonan Kiwanis Club, and a life member of Royal Canadian Legion No. 81. In 1967, he received the Centennial Medal in recognition of his community service.
“E. K. Drops Suttie,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 October 1967.
“Suttie Funeral Friday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 November 1968.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 November 1968.
Page revised: 7 April 2018
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