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Memorable Manitobans: Leon Gaston Vandekerckhove (1923-2012)

Farmer, businessman, municipal official.

Born at Swan Lake on 3 December 1923, he moved with his family to a farm near Stony Mountain in 1939. He farmed and also worked at a quarry before starting to work as a automobile salesman in 1959. He later returned to work as Marketing Manager at Standard Quarries of Stonewall.

Elected to the council of the Rural Municipality of Rockwood in 1955, where he ultimately served for 41 years, he was Reeve from 1987 to 2001. An active curler, he represented Manitoba at the Massey Ferguson National Championship in Toronto. He was given Life Memberships by the Stony Mountain Curling Club and the Manitoba Curling Association. The baseball field at Stonewall is named in his honour.

He died at Stonewall on 4 August 2012.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 August 2012.

“An indelible mark” by Kevin Rollason, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 January 2013, page J2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 October 2016

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