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Memorable Manitobans: Patrick Michael Riordan (1939-2008)

Entertainer.

Born and raised in Winnipeg, he attended Isbister School, Hugh John Macdonald School, and General Wolfe School. Following graduation from Tec Voc High School he pursued a career in the entertainment field. Starting in the late 1950s with The Balladeers then with a thirteen year engagement at the Viscount Gort Hotel, Pat became a Winnipeg entertainment icon. His singing voice and comedic timing soon generated a demand for appearances. Be it corporate functions, clubs, or television his unique talent was much sought after. He served as President of the Variety Club of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Press Club. He also served on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers of Winnipeg. He was Past Commodore of The Royal Manitoba Yacht Club. Pat loved spending time on his boat the Jennie May.

He died at Winnipeg on 13 November 2008 following a battle with cancer.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 November 2008.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 November 2011

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