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Memorable Manitobans: Gladys A. Bunn (1892-1987)

Piano teacher, artist.

Born at White Pigeon, Michigan on 16 March 1892, only child of John and Edna Bunn, she moved with her parents to Quill Lake, Saskatchewan in 1903 where her father built the first house in the town. She studied piano in Chicago, Grinnell and Winnipeg, graduating with ALCM and ATCM. She moved to Winnipeg in 1914 and settled in Charleswood where she taught piano lessons to local children for over 60 years, retiring at the age of 76. A biography entitled Gladys A. Bunn, Piano Teacher and Artist was written and published by Anne E. Cott in 1981. She died at Winnipeg on 31 May 1987. She is commemorated by a public park in Winnipeg.


“Miss Gladys Bunn,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 March 1987, page 30.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 2 June 1987, page 43.

This profile was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough who, at a young age, took piano lessons from Miss Bunn.

Page revised: 2 September 2013

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