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Memorable Manitobans: John M. J. Gaudes (1934-2007)


Born in Heist, Belgium on 12 March 1934, he came to Canada with his family in 1948, at the age of 13. The family settled at St. Boniface. In 1938 he married Patricia Davies and they had five children. John worked for thirty years for Imperial Oil. Throughout his life he was devoted to arts and crafts, and he began to work seriously as a painter in the 1970s. His first exhibition was in 1971 at Edmonton, Alberta. He worked in oil paints and watercolour, teaching classes as well as doing his own work. John’s image The Early Bird Gets the Worm was reproduced on a fisheries stamp for 2002 fishing licenses. He died on 16 April 2007.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 April 2007.

John Gaudes, Manitoba Artists, Manitoba Fisheries.

“They left their mark”, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 December 2007, page B2.

This profile was prepared by Angela Graham.

Page revised: 20 November 2009

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