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Memorable Manitobans: Gordon Ogilvie Woodman (1855-1928)


Born at Toronto, Ontario on 4 November 1855, brother of John Woodman, he came to Manitoba in the employ of the Merchants Bank. He later went into the insurance business, initially in partnership with George William Girdlestone and later on his own, eventually becoming a manufacturer’s agent. He retired about 1921. He and wife Jean Isabella Campbell (1864-1946) had six children: Francis Ogilvie “Frank” Woodman (1891-?), Archibald Campbell Woodman (1892-?), Jean Adelaide Woodman (1894-?, wife of Richard Walter Gyles), Frederick George Woodman (1896-?), Alice Isabella Woodman (1901-?, wife of Henry Lewis Sherwood), and Mary Lounaine Woodman (1904-1973, wife of Homer Smiley Robinson). He was a founding member of the St. Charles Country Club. He died at Winnipeg on 22 March 1928 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“G. O. Woodman, pioneer of Winnipeg, is dead,” newspaper clipping dated 24 March 1928. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 June 2020

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