Memorable Manitobans: Albert Adam “Ab” Gowanlock (1900-1988)
Born at Glenboro on 14 December 1900, son of Adam Gowanlock (1860-1930) and Mary Elizabeth Winnifred Thomas (1870-1925), he began curling at an early age, joining the Glenboro Curling Club in 1916 and serving as its President (1928-1929). Employed by the Department of Highways, he was a member of the Fort Brandon Curling Club (1939-1941) until he moved to Dauphin in 1941. He was President of the Dauphin Curling Club in 1944.
He skipped two of the three rinks from outside Greater Winnipeg that represented Manitoba at the Brier between 1927 and 1957, winning both times (1938 and 1953). He was made a Life Member of the Manitoba Curling Association (1951) and was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame (1975), Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame (1984), and Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame (1987).
He died at Dauphin on 27 September 1988 and was buried in the Dauphin Community Cemetery.
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Death registration [Mary Elizabeth Winnifred Thomas], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Gowanlock dies at 87,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 September 1988, page 70.
“Ab Gowanlock passes away at 87,” Swan Valley Star and Times, 6 October 1988, page 11.
Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 14 November 2022