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Memorable Manitobans: Lorna Smith (1948-1978)


Born at Boissevain in 1948, daughter of Lloyd and Ida Smith, at the age of 18 years, her health deteriorated as a result of diabetes and she soon lost her eyesight. For 10 years, she was a correspondent for the Brandon Sun and wrote many feature stories on western Manitoba. She was also a well-known sportswriter and fan, especially for the Brandon Wheat Kings hockey team and Riverside Canucks baseball team, and she served as league statistician for the South West Hockey League. She did a weekly sports radio show for CKLQ Radio in Brandon. She died on 3 July 1978, in an ambulance enroute from Boissevain to Brandon, and was buried in Boissevain Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Cottingham House (RM of Morton)


“Sun columnist Lorna Smith dead at 29,” Brandon Sun, 4 July 1978, page 1.

“Funeral Thursday,” Brandon Sun, 5 July 1978, page 2.

“Lorna Smith: She was a determined woman,” Brandon Sun, 8 July 1978, page 6.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 August 2014

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