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Memorable Manitobans: Eunice Beryl Routley Watts (1929-2002)

Community activist.

Born at Biggar, Saskatchewan on 13 July 1929, she lived with her family at Saskatoon (Saskatchewan), Dauphin (Manitoba), and Trail (British Columbia) before settling in West Kildonan in the late 1940s. Later, as a military wife, she spent short periods of time in many places throughout Canada, returning to West Kildonan in 1965 where she lived the rest of her life. An avid sports fan, she became involved with the Vince Leah Community Centre in 1965 where she was known to the entire community as “Auntie Beryl” and later as “Gramma Beryl”. She died at Winnipeg on 4 April 2002 and was buried in Glen Eden Memorial Garden. She is commemorated by Beryl Watts Park at the Vince Leah Community Centre.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Margaret Park Community Centre / Vince Leah Recreation Centre / Beryl Watts Park (1295 Salter Street, Winnipeg)


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 April 2002.

“They will never be forgotten,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2002, pages A8-A9.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 January 2015

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