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Memorable Manitobans: Russell Clarence “The Singing Farmer” Gurr (1918-2011)

Farmer, musician.

Born at Arrow River on 23 December 1918, son of Albert Gurr and Bertha Richardson, in 1939 he married Phyllis Hunter (?-2000) of Lenore and they farmed at Lenore, Hamiota, and Brandon. He began singing professionally, travelling across the prairie performing on behalf of Federal Grain and Eli Lilly. In 1970, he performed for Queen Elizabeth II as part of the province’s centennial celebrations. He died at Brandon on 8 November 2011 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.


Obituary, Brandon Sun, November 2011.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 October 2015

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