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Memorable Manitobans: Gunnar Eythor Helgason (1922-2007)

Farmer, municipal official.

Born on the family farm near Hnausa on 30 May 1922, the only child of Helgi and Sigurros Helgason, he attended Hnausa School and afterwards worked on the farm, eventually taking it over. He also fished commercially for one season on Lake Winnipeg. He served on the council of the Rural Municipality of Bifrost from 1957 to 1980 and was its Reeve from 1980 to 1986. He was also a member of the Eastern Interlake Planning Board, the Interlake Development Corporation, the Manitoba Municipal Board, a delegate for Co-op Implements (1976-1987), and a member of the Evergreen Regional Library Board (1965-1980). He died at Fisher Branch on 11 January 2007 and was buried in the Hnausa West Cemetery.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 January 2007.

“They left their mark,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 December 2007, page B2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 December 2015

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