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Memorable Manitobans: George Spencer Turner (1906-1994)

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George Spencer Turner
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Business executive.

Born at Wallingford, England on 5 January 1906, one of five children born to Mabel and Alfred Turner, the family came to Canada and settled at Fernie, British Columbia. After the death of the parents, the children moved to Gainsborough, Saskatchewan where he worked on a farm.

In 1928, he moved to Forrest where he was an agent for Manitoba Pool Elevators. While there, he met Uriel Audrey Ellen Thomas (1911-1979) and married her on 18 July 1933. They had a son.

He was transferred to Winnipeg in 1942 to work as a grain inspector then served successively as Divisional Superintendent, Assistant Manager, General Manager (1962-1970), and President (1969-1970). He resigned in 1970 to become Vice-President of the grain exporting firm XCAN Grain Pool Limited. He then worked in North Africa evaluating methods of grain handling for developing countries. He retired in 1974 and moved to Ottawa, Ontario in 1980 where he married Grace Nash.

He died at Ottawa on 15 February 1994.

Sources:

Birth registration [Uriel Audrey Ellen Thomas], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Marriage registration [Uriel Audrey Ellen Thomas, George Spencer Thomas], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Seed poll in fall,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 June 1973, page 1.

Obituary [Uriel Audrey Turner], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 October 1979, page 72.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 February 1994, page 42.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 June 2022

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