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Memorable Manitobans: Cecil Herbert Gunn (1892-1941)

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Cecil Herbert Gunn
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Civil engineer, municipal official.

Born near Stonewall on 12 October 1892, on the farm of his father John Gunn, brother of John Alexander Gunn, he attended Stonewall Collegiate then received an engineering degree from the University of Manitoba. He worked as an engineer with the Manitoba Department of Public Works and the Greater Winnipeg Water District. During the First World War he commanded a company of the First Canadian Mounted Rifles in France, was wounded twice, and received the Military Cross for gallantry during the battle of Arras in September 1918.

From 1921, he was President and General Manager of his father’s contracting and engineering firm, John Gunn and Sons, being involved in the construction of the hydroelectric power plant at Pointe du Bois. He served as President of the Canadian Construction Association and the Winnipeg Builder’s Exchange.

On 2 February 1924, he married Jean Winnifred Dingwall (1895-1967, daughter of Donald Ross Dingwall) and they had a daughter, Cecily Anne Gunn. He was a Winnipeg city councillor (1932-1935) and an unsuccessful mayoral candidate (1934).

He died at his summer home on Dingwall Island in Lake of the Woods, on 15 July 1941. He was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Canadian Expeditionary Force, Attestation Papers, Library and Archives Canada.

“Cecil H. Gunn, former alderman, dies suddenly at summer home,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 July 1941, page 2.

“Cecil H. Gunn, leader in building trade, dies at his Kenora home,” Winnipeg Tribune, 16 July 1941, page 3.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 November 2021

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