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Memorable Manitobans: Gladys Mary Hamel (1911-2002)

Knitter.

Born at Melita on 23 November 1911, daughter of William and Annie Calthorpe, her family moved to Fannystelle in the 1930s. She moved to Winnipeg in 1940 and worked for the Hudson’s Bay Company from 1942 until her retirement in 1974, after which she wintered for many years in Arizona. She knitted 300 to 350 pairs of mittens every year for the Christmas Cheer Board of Winnipeg and, in her 20 years of knitting, some 6,000 pairs of hands were warmed by her mittens. She died at Winnipeg on 6 April 2002.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 April 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: 1 October 2019

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