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Memorable Manitobans: Bernice C. “Josie” Cunnington (1909-2001)


Born in Winnipeg on 7 August 1909 and educated there, she worked at the Great West Life Assurance Company, and also as a chemist in Eaton’s research bureau during the Second World War, also setting up a library in Ottawa on tanks and armoured fighting vehicles. After the war, she went to Detroit, where she lived and worked until she returned to Winnipeg in 1965. There she became involved with the University Women’s Club and the Penhandler’s Group. Bernice was a lifelong writer and had a long and successful freelance writing career, writing for two suburban newspapers while in Detroit and having over a hundred articles published in twenty-five periodicals in Canada and the United States.

She died at Winnipeg on 30 August 2001.


Winnipeg Free Press, Tuesday, 4 September 2001, page 33.

This profile was prepared by Kris Keen.

Page revised: 10 August 2009

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