Harvey TALLMAN (1923-2023)

Harvey was born at the family farm in Tyndall, Manitoba on 27 June 1923. He was the son of Alexander Michael Tallman (1890-1966) and Clara Solotrow (1890-1995).

In 1947, he married Louise Lambert (1926-2020) and they had four children: Carol, Larry, Bob and Joy.

Harvey grew up in Winnipeg’s North End during the depression. This era helped to shape his values and future and reinforced that failure was simply not an option.

Due to a medical condition he could not enlist to serve in the Second World War so he served by heading north to work on the Alaska Highway.

Businessman, Entrepreneur

Harvey’s launch into business started by taking apart old cars and selling the parts at his store. On the weekends he would take a truck and trailer and go looking for vehicles to dismantle which would often take him across the border into the Dakotas and Minnesota. Over the years, he added mail order and began selling parts, as well as, farm and industrial machinery made from army surplus goods — creating Princess Auto. The first Princess Auto retail store opened in 1978. It was originally called Princess Auto Wrecking and over the years evolved into the store we know today. His sons, Bob and Larry, took over the business in 1976. Today, Princess Auto has over 50 stores across Canada and is owned by his grandsons who continue the tradition their grandfather started.

Harvey was known to have dealt fairly and honestly in both business and family matters; he never cut corners or took the easy way out of predicaments.

He died on 26 February 2023 and was buried at the Rosh Pina Memorial Park Cemetery.


  • Birth Registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
  • Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 04 March 2023, online.
  • 1931 Canada Census.
  • Obituary [Alexander Michael (Mike) Tallman], Winnipeg Free Press, 02 April 1966., page 35.
  • Obituary [Clara Tallman], Winnipeg Free Press, 16 December 1995, page D6.
  • Obituary [ Louise Tallman], Winnipeg Free Press, 02 May 2020, page B10.


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