J. Wally McKenzie

James Wallace McKenzie (Wally) was born June 16th, 1914 at Plenty,
Saskatchewan. His father had emigrated from Glengarry County, Ontario and
homesteaded near Plenty in 1905. Wally attened school at Plenty and was vert
active in sports and music. He played a number of musical instruments and
earned extra income during the Dirty 30's playing in dance bands. Weekends
were taken up with baseball tournaments and hockey in the winter. In 1939 he
married Hilda Rose Pritchard and started working in a grain elevator at
Stranraer, Saskatchewan. In 1943 he joined the RCAF and was trained as a
Radar Mechanic. When the war was over he went back to his grain buyer job
and was transfrred to Inglis, Manitoba working for the Reliance Grain Co.
When Reliance was taken over by Pool elevators he bought a grocery store in
Inglis. He became very involved in the community through the Legion, Chamber
of Commerce, Credit Union and united Church. He was also active in coaching
youth baseball and hockey.
In 1966 he was elected to the Manitoba Legislature as the M.L.A. for the
constituency of Roblin, later Roblin-Russell. He represented the riding
until his retirement in 1986. He died September 7th, 1999 at the Russell
Hospital. He is survived by his daughter Pat Graves of Grandview, Manitoba,
Judy Ransom of Boissevain, Manitoba and son Glen McKenzie of Swan River,

Submitted by Glen McKenzie

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