George Montegu Black II


George Montegu Black II (June 3, 1911 – June 29, 1976) was a Canadian business executive who served as the president of Canadian Breweries during the 1950s.[1] He was the father of businessmen Montegu and Conrad Black.

Life and career


He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, as the only son of businessman George Montegu Black Sr. and his wife, Gertrude Maxwell Moffat. He attended the preparatory school Appleby College in Oakville, Ontario, then took a short course at McGill University before attending the University of Manitoba, from which he graduated in 1933.

Black became a chartered accountant in 1937 and served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War.[2] From 1940 to 1945, he was posted to the Department of National Defence, working on the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.

On June 5, 1937, he married Jean Elizabeth Riley (1913–1976), the daughter of Conrad Stephenson Riley.[1] They had two sons, Montegu and Conrad Black.

In his business career, Black took over his father's brewery business (Western Breweries Limited) and later sold it to E. P. Taylor’s Canadian Breweries. He became the president of the latter company from 1950 until he retired in 1958.[1]

Black died at Toronto in 1976 and was buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

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