Memorable Manitobans: Walter Clifton McDonald (1903-1999)
Businessman, MLA (1950-1953), MLA (1954-1957), MLA (1958-1959).
Born at Roland on 16 March 1903, eldest son of John Albert McDonald and Alice Grace Carr, in 1913 he was one of the charter members of the Roland Boys and Girls Club, the first club in the organization subsequently known as the 4-H Clubs of Canada. He attended Wesley College and graduated with an Arts degree in 1925. After graduation, he worked for the Canadian Bank of Commerce in Manitoba and Ontario. In 1927, he returned to Roland and took over his father’s insurance business, operating it until his retirement in 1986.
On 9 July 1930, he married Jean McKay (1905-1978), daughter of Angus M. McKay, in the RM of North Kildonan. They had four children. For 25 years he was a trustee of the Roland School District. He also served for four years on the Board of Regents of United College. Elected to the Manitoba Legislature for the Dufferin constituency in 1949, he was re-elected in 1953 and 1958, defeated in 1959. He was a member of the Masons (Shiloh Lodge #70) and was elected Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba in 1948.
He died at Roland on 7 November 1999.
Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary [Jean McDonald], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 June 1978, page 56.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 10 November 1999, page 49.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 11 March 2022