Memorable Manitobans: Garth Dawley (1933-2020)
Born on the family farm near Carroll on 26 June 1933, one of two children of Albert “Bert” Dawley (1896-1992) and Gladys Mary Cathcart (1900-1989), his first job was for Wawanesa Mutual Insurance at Wawanesa where he met his future wife. In 1952, he joined CKX Radio at Brandon, as a staff announcer, and made the transition to television in 1955, hosting talk shows, bingo games, commercials, and newscasts. In 1957, he moved to Regina (Saskatchewan) to work for nine years at CKCK.
He returned to Manitoba in 1966 to become a staff announcer at CBC. His duties in morning radio, television, interviewing, and writing transitioned to hosting “24 Hours,” the station’s flagship news program, for which he received an Actra award. He was a Progressive Conservative candidate for the Winnipeg South Centre constituency in the 1988 federal general election but was defeated by Lloyd Axworthy. In the early 1990s, he was appointed the first CRTC Regional Commissioner for Manitoba and Saskatchewan, a position for which he travelled widely.
On 19 April 1952, he married May Gullett (1933-2022) and they had three children. He served as President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees and Vice Chairman of the Deer Lodge Centre.
He died at the Deer Lodge Hospital on 1 June 2020.
Obituary [Gladys Mary Dawley], Brandon Sun, 7 March 1989, page 18.
Obituary [Albert Dawley], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 August 1992, page 29.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 June 2020.
Obituary [May Dawley], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 August 2022.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 5 August 2022