20 March, 2017

Wendy McDonald, a feminine force of nature in B.C. business world


What kept her going, Wendy McDonald once said, was the bearing grease in her blood. It must have been some grease because at her 90th birthday party she danced all night. McDonald was a feminine force of nature in the rough-and-tumble maleness of B.C.’s mid-20th century business world.

Married three times, she outlived all her husbands, raised 10 children, built a globe-spanning enterprise in a field that is often stereotyped as the manliest of businesses — supplying parts to the mining industry — and ended her life as a much-beloved philanthropist with an infectious enthusiasm for Vancouver.

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