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Garden is named for longtime resident

Winnipeg surgeon remembered for his generosity of spirit

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The memorial garden and plaque located at the Headingley Municipal Library will be dedicated to Dr. Robert Thorlakson on Sept. 14 at noon.

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The memorial garden and plaque located at the Headingley Municipal Library will be dedicated to Dr. Robert Thorlakson on Sept. 14 at noon. Photo Store

Patrons of the Headingley Municipal Library are now able to sit and reflect in a memorial garden named after Dr. Robert Thorlakson.

Thorlakson, a prominent Winnipeg surgeon who’d made his home in Headingley since 1967, died in February 2011 at the age of 87. An Officer of the Order of Canada, Thorlakson was recognized for his medical skills and support for local arts and cultural groups.

Chair of the Headingley library board Margaret Mills said Thorlakson was also generous in his support for the Headingley Municipal Library over the years, and contributed towards the campaign to build the current library that opened in January 2010.

His wife, Deborah, is also a library board member.

"We certainly supported the library for a number of years," she said.

Mills said the board members wanted to use the family’s donation, made in memory of the doctor, toward something lasting, and since he was a gardener, the decision was made to create a small garden area adjacent to the library.

The garden’s design and construction was also partially funded by the Manitoba Foundation.
All Headingley residents are invited to the public opening of the garden and dedication of the memorial plaque on Sept. 14 at noon.

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