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

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

Born near High Bluff 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 and wife Sarah Andrina “Sally” Ferguson (1918-2001) had five sons: William Wilton, Andrew Wilton, James WIlton, Ted Wilton, and Murray Wilton. He was actively involved with the Brandon Wheat Kings, Brandon Curling Club, and Brandon Golf and Country Club.

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


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

We thank Sandy Jasper for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 January 2021

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