Memorable Manitobans: William Gerhardt “Bill” Storsley (1915-2005)
Farmer, community activist.
Born on 15 June 2005 to Adelaine Wirch (?-?) and James Storsley (1852-1925), he was a farmer in the Beausejour area all his life. In 1941, he married Emma Wuerch (1919-2016), and they went on to have five children. Besides operating the family farm for 55 years, he ran for the Social Credit party in the Springfield riding in the 1953 provincial election and 1958 provincial election. He served on the Milk Control Board and the Brokenhead Municipal Council (1945-1950).
He was responsible for expanding hydro service into rural Brokenhead, initiated the establishment of the Beausejour Hospital and was its board’s first chairperson (1950), and again in 1972 during the hospital’s expansion and modernization. He initiated the Beausejour Co-op Store and the Manitoba Breeder’s Co-op.
He died at Winnipeg on 17 December 2005 and was buried in the Saint Ouens Pentecostal Cemetery.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 December 2005.
Obituary [Emma Wuerch Storsley], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 October 2016.
Obituary [Emma Wuerch Storsley], Sobering Funeral Chapel and Crematorium.
This page was prepared by Lois Braun.
Page revised: 17 September 2022