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Memorable Manitobans: Herbert Marquis “Herb” Pickard (1916-2010)

Lawyer, businessman.

Born at Winnipeg on 9 August 1916, son of Wesley Brown Pickard (1887-1969) and Rose Elizabeth Schultz (1894-1985, daughter of Otto Schultz), he graduated from the University of Manitoba Law School in 1940 and practiced from 1940 to 1954 with the firm of Aikins, MacAulay. He interrupted his work during the Second World War to serve in the Royal Canadian Navy. His wartime exploits are described in the books Gunboat 658 (1974) and The Champagne Navy (1991). He was mentioned in despatches. Returning to Winnipeg after the war, he returned to his law practice. He later joined the Law Department of the Canadian Pacific Railway, spending the rest of his career in various executive positions, including Chairman of Marathon Realty, living in Calgary (Alberta) and Winnipeg. He retired in 1977. In 1946, he married Margaret Hope Rutherford (1919-1998), daughter of Gerald Stewart Rutherford. They had two daughters, Hope Pickard Smith and Rebecca Pickard Chidley. He died at Calgary, Alberta on 2 May 2010.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Marquis Rutherford,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 June 1946, page 10.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 May 2010, page C17.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 April 2020

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