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Memorable Manitobans: Clifford Bickle Gill (1891-1974)


Born at Pettapiece on 10 July 1891, son of Frederick John Gill (1859-1948) and Mary Ann Reid (1864-1948), he attended Wesley College and the University of Toronto, graduating from the latter with a BA and BSc in Forestry. During the First World War he served in India and Persia with the Imperial Army Service Corps. Following his return to Manitoba he joined the federal government as a forester at Dauphin and Swan River. In 1930 he became employed with the Manitoba government, retiring in 1956 as Chief of Forest Management. As Manitoba’s first official forester, he coordinated and published the first complete survey of Manitoba’s forests. He published Observations and a Tentative Key to the Native Willows of Southern Manitoba (1965) and, upon his retirement, served as a consultant on natural history and heritage resource planning programs for the Manitoba Parks Branch. He was made a Life Member of the Manitoba Naturalists Society in 1974. On 28 August 1920, he married Margaret Elizabeth Hunter (1887-1962) at Winnipeg and they subsequently had two sons and two daughters. He died at the Misericordia Hospital on 17 September 1974 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Obituary [Margaret Elizabeth Gill], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 October 1962, page 26.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 September 1974, page 45.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 May 2018

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