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Memorable Manitobans: Gerald “Butch” Birch (1941-2003)

Fire chief, community activist.

Born on 28 January 1948 to Tom and Claudine Birch, he grew up at Birnie and attended Tobarmore School, Birnie School, and Eden School. He served as Fire Chief for the Town and RM of Birtle and as Ambulance Coordinator for the Birtle and District Ambulance Service. He was a town councillor and member of the Birtle Lions Club, as well as a baseball coach, golfer, curler, hockey and baseball fan, gardener, fisherman, builder, camper, and dancer. He received the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for volunteerism in the Parkland Region and the Town of Birtle Volunteer Award for 2003. He died at Winnipeg on 7 May 2003.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 June 2003.

“They will never be forgotten” by Kevin Rollason, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2003, page A6.

This page was prepared by Ian Stewart.

Page revised: 29 January 2017

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