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Memorable Manitobans: Gordon Patrick Linney (1929-2014)

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Skater, coach.

Born at North Battleford, Saskatchewan on 21 May 1929, son of George Henry Linney and Lillian Eliphalette Catherwood, figure skating was his life’s passion. He won the Western Canada Junior Mens Figure Skating Championship in 1956 and turned professional the following year. He coaching at the Edmonton Figure Skating Club and the Royal Glenora Summer Skating School in Edmonton before moving to Winnipeg in 1970, where he become a senior instructor at the Winnipeg Winter Club. In 1973 he established the Winnipeg Summer Skating School which he operated until months before his death. He inspired thousands of Manitoba skaters and his students won more than 18 Canadian championships. He served as a judge and executive for the Canadian Figure Skating Association. He died at Winnipeg on 29 October 2014.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 November 2014.

We thank Frances Kasper for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 December 2014

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