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Memorable Manitobans: Charles Louis Gillis (1891-1954)


Born in Belgium in March 1891, son of Augustus Gillis and Maria Gillis (1860-?), he came to Canada with his family in 1904. He succeeded his father as President of Gillis Quarries. On 11 April 1918, he married Catherine McDonald Matheson (?-?) at Winnipeg and they had seven children: Louise Marie Gillis (1919-1998, wife of Edward James Davis), Catherine McDonald “Kay” Gillis (1920-2014, wife of Robert V. Brown), Margaret Gillis (wife of Edward M. “Ted” Yaxley), Charles A. “Charlie” Gillis (1923-1995), Victor Bruce Gillis (1926-2005), Frank Lawrence Gillis (?-2011), and Adair L. Gillis (wife of Ivan Bickell). He died at the Grace Hospital on 26 September 1954 and was buried in the Little Britain Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Gillis House (1224 Wolseley Avenue, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Garson Limestone Quarries and Kilns (Garson, RM of Brokenhead)


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“President of company dies Sunday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 September 1954, page 22.

Obituary [Charles A. Gillis], Winnipeg Free Press, 31 July 1995, page 14.

Obituary [Edward James Davis], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 September 2004.

Obituary [Victor Bruce Gillis], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 May 2005.

Obituary [Frank Lawrence Gillis], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 December 2011.

Obituary [Catherine McDonald Gillis Brown], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 May 2014.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 November 2019

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