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Memorable Manitobans: Helmut Goossen (1942-2002)

Air traffic controller, community activist.

Born at Neuenburg, Russia on 23 December 1942, son of Henry and Agathe Goossen, he came to Winnipeg in 1949. He attended Laura Second School and Daniel McIntyre Collegiate, where he played violin in the school orchestra. He also played accordion and won competitions at the German Club. He first worked at Dominion Bridge but his love of flying lead him to a career in air-traffic control. He was a member of the Village Green Morris Men, Village Green English Country Dancers, Royal Scottish Country Dancers, and was mayor and coordinator of The Mug Pub Pavilion in Folklorama. He served on the Folk Arts Council as Chairman of Folklorama. He volunteered at River Heights Community Club and Winnipeg South District Soccer. He died at Winnipeg on 2 December 2002.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 December 2002.

“They will never be forgotten” by Kevin Rollason, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2002, page A8.

This page was prepared by Ian Stewart.

Page revised: 26 November 2016

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