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Former Winnipeg Coun. Bob Douglas.

Former Winnipeg city councillor and farm leader Bob Douglas has died at the age of 80.

Douglas served as a city councillor for the Stevenson-Grant's Mill ward from 1982 to 1992, and was chair of the Parks, Protection and Recreation Committee.

He was inducted into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2004 after serving through the 1980s as general manager of the farm lobby group Keystone Agricultural Producers.

MLA Ian Wishart, who also served on KAP, said Douglas was a visionary and forward-thinking. He noted that when Douglas became involved with KAP in the 1980s Manitoba's farm population stood at 12 per cent. It has since dropped to below five per cent and Douglas saw this coming and saw the need for an effective voice for Manitoba farm families and rural communities.

In 2000 Douglas was appointed Assistant Commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission. "For nearly fifty years Bob willingly and conscientiously served his community, his province and his country," said the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame.