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Memorable Manitobans: Margaret Letty Gillard “Peggy” Colonello (1922-2020)

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Born on 9 December 1922, daughter of Gladys and Malcolm Gillard, she grew up at Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay, Moose Jaw, and Kenora before settling at Winnipeg where she worked for Trans-Canada Airlines. There, she met Alexander “Alex” Colonello (1920-2013) and they married in 1949. She then worked as a secretary at Federated Cooperatives.

An avid golfer, she began playing at the Bourkevale Golf Course until 1948 when she joined the Elmhurst Golf and Country Club, remaining there for over 60 years. She was on three Manitoba Senior Provincial golf teams and she represented Canada at golf events around the world. She was President of the Manitoba Ladies Golf Association (1974-1976) and President of the Canadian Ladies Golf Association (1982-1983). She chaired many provincial and national tournaments in the 1980s and was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame (1994) and Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame (2003). In 2018, the Alex and Peggy Colonello Foundation was established to support junior golf in Manitoba.

She died at Winnipeg on 15 April 2020.

Sources:

Obituary [Alexander Colonello], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 January 2013.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 April 2020.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 September 2021

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