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Memorable Manitobans: Gordon Henry Wiebe (1928-2005)


Born at Winkler on 14 December 1928, the son of John Wiebe and Helen Giesbrecht, he was Principal of Purple Bank School (1948-1949) en route to graduation from the University of Manitoba with a BSc (1954, Pharmacy) degree. He founded Wiebe’s Rexall Drug Store at the northwest corner of Main Street and Mountain Avenue in Winkler, opening it in August 1955 and operating for around 35 years. He was the first President of United Pharmacists of Manitoba Limited (founded 1978, renamed Procurity Pharmacy Services Limited in 2003). On 16 July 1949, he married Helen Cecilia Menzie (1924-2016) at Winnipeg. The couple, who four children, filed for divorce in 1969 and were formally divorced by decree in May 1971. He died at the Boundary Trails Health Centre on 22 November 2005 and was buried in the Winkler Cemetery. He is commemorated by the Gordon Wiebe Education Fund administered by the Winkler Community Foundation.


“Divorce decrees granted,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 May 1971, page 35.

Winnipeg divorce files #1971, Gordon Henry Wiebe & Helen Cecilia Wiebe, Archives of Manitoba.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 November 2005, page 43.

Obituary [Helen Cecilia Menzie], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 April 2016, page D7.

A History of Winkler, 1892-1973, by Frank Brown, 1973.

Gordon Wiebe Education Fund, Winkler Community Foundation.

S&P Global Market Intelligence [Research - Stocks], Procurity Inc, Bloomberg.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 12 March 2018

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