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Memorable Manitobans: John Michael Pickley (1913-1998)

Railwayman, rancher, municipal official.

Born at the family homestead in Caliento on 15 March 1913, the nineth of twelve children born to Michael Pickley and Irene Sopiwnyk, he left home during the 1930s and worked odd jobs until finding employment for 12 years with Northern Gold Mine in Ontario at Patricia Lake and Pickle Lake. While in Ontario, he married Ann Kutcy (1921-2012) with whom he had three children. In 1946, he moved to Old Kildonan and worked for the Canadian National Railway (1949-1974). During the 1950s and 1960s, he served eight non-contiguous years as Councillor, and was Mayor of Old Kildonan (1966-1968). In 1970, he purchased 1120 acres of land west of Teulon and began cattle ranching until suffering a mild stroke in 1993, when he sold the ranch and moved back to Old Kildonan. He died at Winnipeg on 3 June 1998.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 June 1998, page C8.

Obituary [Ann Pickley], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 September 2012, page C10.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 3 June 2014

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