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Memorable Manitobans: William Keith “Bill” Wilton (1919-1992)

Automobile dealer, Mayor of Brandon (1970-1974).

Born near High Bluff, Manitoba on 15 January 1919, he worked as a farmer and businessman but became active in the automotive industry when, in 1957, he moved to Brandon and purchased Victoria Motors. He renamed it Wilton Motors and operated the business until 1969, selling it to his son, Bill Jr. He served as Mayor of Brandon from 1970 to 1974. It was during his tenure as mayor that the Keystone Centre was constructed and opened in 1973.

He was married to Sally, with five sons: William, Andrew, James, Ted, and Murray. He was actively involved with the Brandon Wheat Kings, the Brandon Curling Club, and the Brandon Golf and Country Club.

He died at Brandon on 28 October 1992 and was buried in Brandon Cemetery.

Sources:

“Former city mayor dies,” Brandon Sun, 29 October 1992. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Vertical File]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 February 2013

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