Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 140 years


Pay & Donate in the MHS Online Shop

Endangered Top 10
Top 10

Manitoba History No. 89

No. 89

Fall Field Trip 2019
Field Trip

War Memorials in Manitoba
in Manitoba

This Old Elevator
This Old

Abandoned Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans

Historic Sites of Manitoba
Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans: Wayne Walker (1942-2008)


Born on 7 January 1942, son of Nellie Zonco Yosyk (1923-2016), his love of music started at an early age. At the age of 15, he got a job on a Canadian Pacific Railway train so he could get to Vancouver to attend a performance by Elvis Presley. He and his band began playing at Winnipeg hotels and clubs in 1963. Becoming known as “Mr. Rock N’ Roll,” he played with such noted musicians as Buddy Knox, Ronnie Hawkins, and Johnny Rivers. He died at Winnipeg on 19 October 2008.


“Divorces declared absolute,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 January 1973, page 2.

“Elvis fans cling together,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 December 1980, page 17.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 October 2008.

Obituary [Nellie Yosyk], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 February 2016.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 August 2018

Memorable Manitobans

Memorable Manitobans

This is a collection of noteworthy Manitobans from the past, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society.

Search the collection by word or phrase, name, place, occupation or other text:

Custom Search

Browse surnames beginning with:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z | 2017

Send corrections and additions to the Memorable Manitobans Administrator at

Criteria for Memorable Manitobans | Suggest a Memorable Manitoban  | Our Inspiration | Acknowledgements

Support the MHS and

Back to top of page


To report an error on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations Policy

© 1998-2019 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.