How They Lived
When Frances Lim was in medical school at Queen’s University there weren’t too many women with her in class. In fact, only two others were there.
That didn’t stop her. Frances, who was 83 when she died on April 7, then became one of an even smaller number of women who specialized in surgery.
She went on to become an obstetrician and gynecologist in Winnipeg, bringing multiple generations into the world. Read more about Frances.
At six-foot-six, Alan Philp stood tall in the legal profession — and not just because of his height.
Alan, who died on April 12 at 91, graduated from law school in 1955 and practiced as a lawyer until 1973.
That’s when he was appointed Chief Judge of the County Courts of Manitoba and then later a Justice on the province’s highest court, the Manitoba Court of Appeal. He sat on that court until he retired at age 75. Read more about Alan.
Norma Coleman wanted to celebrate Steinbach’s centennial with her own centennial project.
Norma, who was 88 when she died on March 29, decided to put in 100 entries in that year’s competitions for baking, sewing, canning, produce growing and other skills.
She fell short — she only got to 94 — but it wasn’t the only place her skills shone. She went on to help put together the Canadian Lutheran Ladies Cookbook with recipes from across the country. Read more about Norma.
Dorothy Thom helped generations of girls promise to do their best.
Dorothy, who died on March 28 at 90, was a Brownie leader for more than 50 years.
Her contributions to the Girl Guides of Canada were recognized; she was honoured with the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2002. Read more about Dorothy.
Wilf Finch was taught how to do wireless communication as part of his duties with the northern reaches of the Hudson’s Bay Company. It turned out those skills would soon come in handy for his country.
Wilf, who was 104 when he died on March 17, joined the war effort, answering the call for wireless operators.
He first monitored Japanese naval radio traffic on the west coast before later monitoring submarines on the east coast, as well as serving on the HMCS Runnymede, helping escort convoys across the Atlantic Ocean. Read more about Wilf.
Harold Cook’s day job was working for flooring companies before owning his own.
But Harold, who was 81 when he died on April 14, had a passion after hours for curling… and, as the years went by, the new sport of stick curling.
He went on to serve as president of both the Manitoba Stick Curling Association and its national counterpart. He played in his final tournament — winning gold — just two weeks before he died. Read more about Harold.
A Life’s Story
Every time you pay your Autopac bill or send in a cheque or transfer payment for you hydro or natural gas use, you should thank Gloria Desorcy.
Gloria, who suddenly died on March 1 at age 62, was the longtime head of the Manitoba branch of the Consumers’ Association of Canada and led the fight against rate hikes by both bodies before the Public Utilities Board.
Gloria Desorcy was the executive director at Consumers’ Association of Canada. She died in March at the age of 62. (Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press files)
“Every Manitoban owes a debt of gratitude to her,” Jacquie Wasney, a member of the CAC board of directors in Winnipeg.
“Do you remember the rebate cheque you got from MPI or the fact that Hydro rates went up just three per cent instead of eight per cent or that gift card that has value past six months?”
Read more about Gloria’s life.
Until next time I hope you continue to write your own life’s story.