Memorable Manitobans: Gordon Langsdale Pickering (1913-1997)
Born at Glen Valley, British Columbia in 1913, his childhood was spent on a Saskatchewan farm. He was educated at Campion College (Regina, Saskatchewan), the University of Manitoba (BA), and the University of Saskatchewan (BSc). During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1941 to 1945.
After his wartime service, he was an accountant at Associated Textiles of Canada at Louisville, Quebec, then Business Administrator at the St. Boniface Hospital (1949-1958), Commissioner and Chairman of the Manitoba Hospital Services Plan (1958-1965), Director of the Canada Pension Plan at Ottawa (1965-1968), and Chief Executive Office and Board Chairman of the Edmonton General Hospital (1968-1983). He retired in 1983.
In 1941, he married Marie Blanche Gamache (1913-1992) at Quebec City, Quebec and they had four children.
He died at Winnipeg on 5 May 1997.
Obituary [Marie Blanche Pickering], Winnipeg Free Press, 10 January 1992, page 19.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 May 1997, page 36.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 12 January 2023