Farewell to a friend and founder

Taken a the Canadian Pacific Railyards in 1965, United Way's first Board Chair George T. Richardson stands with inaugural Campaign Chair William Palk.

Taken at the Canadian Pacific Rail Yards in 1965, United Way of Winnipeg’s first Board Chair, George T. Richardson, stands with inaugural Campaign Chair William Palk.

United Way was saddened to learn this morning of the passing of George T. Richardson, a pillar of our community and a central figure in the history and founding of United Way of Winnipeg. He was 89.

Richardson was president and CEO of James Richardson & Sons, Limited for more than three decades. He was a champion and proponent of Winnipeg, helping to start and steward many iconic enterprises and organizations, United Way included. In fact, George Richardson served on the very first Board of Trustees for United Way of Winnipeg when it was founded in 1965 and served as President in 1968.

“As one of the founders of United Way in our city, his passion and dedication knew no limits,” said Ayn Wilcox, Chair of United Way’s Board of Trustees. “We honour and remember him for his philanthropy and visionary leadership. His dedication to the people of Winnipeg is an incredible legacy and an inspiration for a new generation of civic leaders.”

All of us here at United Way would like to extend our deepest condolences to his wife, Tannis, his sons David and Hartley, and the entire Richardson family.

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