Subsequently, I worked as a trainman and conductor for the CPR for nearly
10 years. My father "PAPA JOE" was a CNR locomotive engineer
and his favourite summer run was to Grand Beach. I was attracted
to railroading because of him.
Click HERE to meet him. After leaving the railway, I enjoyed careers in pharmaceutical sales and management, new home construction, and finally as a
Estate Broker in Winnipeg and later at Grand Beach.
My first job (while I attending "pre medicine" at The University of Manitoba), was as the Lifeguard at Minaki Lodge, summer of 1940. The CNR operated Minaki Lodge primarily as mid-continent stop over for passengers travelling across Canada. Wealthy Americans came to Minaki for fishing and hunting. Few Winnipeg people could afford to holiday at Minaki Lodge.