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Memorable Manitobans: Ruth Palmour (c1923-2016)


Born at Winnipeg around 1923, daughter of Andrew R. I. Palmour (1886-1972) and Mary Constance Gilmour (1891-1968), after attending business college she went to work for the Hudson’s Bay Company as a secretary to Richard H. G. Bonnycastle. When he founded Harlequin Enterprises Limited in 1949, she became its Secretary-Treasurer, assisting in the development of the popular Harlequin Romance brand from modest offices in Winnipeg. She moved to Vancouver, British Columbia around 2003 and died at North Vancouver on 18 November 2016.


Marriage registration [Andrew Roland Ingle Palmour], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Andrew R. I. Palmour], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 March 1972, page 37.

“Harlequin profits from good-name paperbacks,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 August 1972, page 3.

Obituary, Globe and Mail, 26 November 2016.

We thank James Arnett for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 November 2016

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