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


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. In recognition of his community service, he received a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977). He died at Winnipeg on 20 November 2003.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 November 2003.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 May 2019

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