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Memorable Manitobans: Eric Gordon Skelding (1886-1973)

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Eric Gordon Skelding
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Born at Neepawa on 2 July 1886, son of Francis Skelding (1845-1902) and Ann Eliza Crozier (1857-1937), he began doing railway work in June 1901 as the Canadian Northern station agent at Somerset. After working as a dispatcher at Winnipeg, Rainy River, and Port Arthur, he served as CNR Chief Dispatcher at Dauphin (1919-1924), Chief Dispatcher at Winnipeg (1924-1937), Transportation Superintendent for the Manitoba Division (1937-1944), and Transportation Superintendent for the Alberta Division (1944-1951). He retired in June 1951. On 12 June 1917, he married Florence Mable Dench (1881-1965) at Winnipeg. He died at Vancouver, British Columbia on 27 April 1973. He is commemorated by the Skelding siding on the CNR Pleasant Point Subdivision.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Appointments are announced by C.N. Railways,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 June 1937, page 6.

“Friends honor Gordon Skelding,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 April 1944, page 28.

“Gordon Skelding, C.N.R. official retires in Alberta,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 June 1951, page 26.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Death registration [Florence Mable Skelding], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 April 2019

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