Memorable Manitobans: John Benson “Jack” Carroll (1921-1986)
Hardware merchant, MLA (1958-1959), MLA (1959-1962), MLA (1963-1966), MLA (1966-1969).
Born at The Pas on 13 October 1921, son of hardware merchant Edmund Lee Carroll and Louisa May Rundle (1888-1976), he attended local schools and served in the Canadian army, rising to Lieutenant by 1945. Following his military discharge, he attended the University of Manitoba from 1945 to 1948. In 1950 he took over the family store in The Pas.
Active in local political and community affairs, in 1958 he was first elected to represent The Pas in the provincial legislature as a Progressive Conservative. He was re-elected in 1959, 1962, and 1966 but was defeated by Ron McBryde in 1969. He served briefly as Provincial Secretary in 1959 then held in succession the portfolios of Labour (1959-1963), Welfare (1963-1968), and Tourism and Recreation (1968-1969). He and wife Hope Christianson (1927-2020, sister of John Aaron Christianson) had four children.
He died while on holiday at Vancouver, British Columbia on 25 September 1986. There are extensive papers at the Archives of Manitoba. A student residence at Keewatin Community College in The Pas was named for him.
Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 September 1986, page 24.
Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.
Members of the Legislative Assembly (deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.
Obituary [Hope Carroll], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 January 2020.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Carolyn Hill-Carroll for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 29 January 2023