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Memorable Manitobans: Donald Ira “Don” Gerrie (1925-1992)

Real estate broker, municipal official.

Born at Winnipeg on 1 May 1925, son of Walter James Gerrie (c1896-1947) and Agnes Kissick (1899-1968), he worked as a real estate broker for 43 years and served as Riverview Ward Councillor (1974-1989). Within city council, he was known as “The Senator” and served on the Finance Committee, including one year as Chairman. He was also Chairman of the Police Commission, and Municipal Hospitals Commission, and served on the boards of the Winnipeg Enterprises Corporation Board and Winnipeg Convention Centre. He played a lead role in establishment of the Fort Rouge Leisure Centre. After ending his political career, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Revision in 1989, serving in that capacity until his death. He and his wife, Edith had three children. He died at the Victoria Hospital on 13 December 1992 and is commemorated with Don Gerrie Park.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Don Gerrie Park (80 Churchill Drive, Winnipeg)

Sources:

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

“Road and lake mishaps fatal,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 July 1947, page 1.

Obituary [Walter Gerrie], Winnipeg Free Press, 14 July 1947, page 21.

“W. Gerrie death held accidental,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 July 1947, page 11.

“Victim’s widow seeks $35,230,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 March 1948, page 25.

Obituary [Agnes Gerrie], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 March 1968, page 22.

“Former councillor served in multitude of civic posts,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 December 1992, page B2.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 December 1992, page C6.

“Don Gerrie: a good friend who will be sadly missed,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 December 1992, page A7.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 September 2014

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