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Memorable Manitobans: Marjorie McGillivray “Marj” Gillies (1923-2020)

Journalist, author.

Born at Winnipeg on 11 February 1923, the only child of Christine Tod (1898-1993, daughter of James Tod) and Robert Archibald McGillivray (1880-1945), her childhood was spent in River Heights. She attended St. Mary’s Academy and the University of Manitoba, receiving a BA degree from the latter. In 1949, she married Alastair Gillies (1921-2002) and they had four children before divorcing in 1972. Before her marriage and from the early 1960s onwards, she worked as a journalist for several newspapers, including the Winnipeg Free Press, St. Vital Lance, Oakville Journal Record, Winnipeg Tribune (editor of the family section), and Ottawa Citizen. She also wrote the book Street of Dreams: The Story of Broadway, Western Canada’s First Boulevard (c2001). She died at Winnipeg on 7 March 2020.

Sources:

Death registration [Robert Archibald McGillivray], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Christine McGillivray], Winnipeg Free Press, 16 March 1993, page 35.

Obituary [Alastair Gillies], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 March 2002.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 March 2020.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 March 2020

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