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Memorable Manitobans: William Cooper “Bill” Gardner (1922-2003)

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Born at Winnipeg in 1922, son of William Arthur Gardner and Eva Beatrice Cooper (1879-1953), he attended Ravenscourt School before enlisting in the Royal Canadian Navy in the fall of 1940, serving aboard several ships and helping to deliver troops to Juno Beach on D-Day. After his military discharge, he enrolled at the University of Manitoba, graduating in 1950. He was a partner in the law firm of Johnston Jessiman Gardner & Twaddle, and later Pitblado & Hoskin, serving as counsel to the Public Utilities Board for many years. He was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1964. He was Board Chairman for the Winnipeg General Hospital and Chairman of the Health Sciences Centre Foundation. On 3 July 1947, he married Laura Ethel Sparling and they had three children. He was a member of the St. Charles Country Club (President, 1963-1964), Manitoba Club, Winnipeg Winter Club, and St. George’s Anglican Church. He died at Winnipeg on 20 November 2003.

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Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 November 2003.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 May 2019

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