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ELMAN GUTTORMSON It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father, Elman Guttormson, following a long illness, at Riverview Health Centre, on October 10, 2000. He leaves to mourn five children, John (Nicola) of Winnipeg, Lorraine Cook (Steve) of Airdrie, Alta., Barbara Axworthy (Bob) of Winnipeg, Susan Probetts (Daryl) of Denver, Colorado and Michael (Peggy) of Winnipeg; 11 grandchildren, Emily, Jamie, Olivia, Kristian, Jane, Kirsty, Renee, Hannah, Aidan, Matthew and Kieran; brother John (Joy) of Lundar and sister Irene, also of Lundar. He was predeceased by his wife Hildur in 1996. Elman was born in Lundar, Man. on March 24, 1929, son of John and Sigrudur Guttormson. He grew up in Lundar, moving to Winnipeg in 1946 where he began his career with the Winnipeg Free Press. His career there spanned over 45 years. Elman started as a copy boy and moved on to cover most of the major beats for the paper as a reporter. For over two decades he was also a columnist, covering horse racing at Assiniboia Downs. His proudest accomplishment as a reporter was his winning of a National Newspaper award in 1962 for his well known involvement in and coverage of, the capture of escaped criminal Percy Moggey. Later in his career he became an editor and remained in that position until he retired in 1993. He was a man of many interests and fully involved in all of them. Elman maintained a life long involvement with the Liberal Party, which included his tenure as MLA for the constituency of St. George for thirteen years. He also served as party whip. He was an owner of Major Enterprise, a championship stakeshorse. Elman loved sports and was a baseball pitcher for Morse Place and the Elmwood Giants, a curler in the Sportsmans League and in his later years, an avid golfer at the St. Charles Golf Club. He also loved to travel and visited Europe, Russia, Japan, Hong Kong and Iceland. On September 19, 1952, Elman married Hildur Thorsteinson and over the 44 years of their marriage, until her death in 1996, they devoted their lives to raising their family. Of their many accomplishments, it was their five children of which they were most proud. As a couple, they shared many interests and friendships. Their home was always open to their friends and the friends of their children. They were gracious hosts and their annual Christmas Eve gathering is a fond memory for many. A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 13 at 2:00 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 580 Victor St. We would like to thank the staff at Riverview Health Centre for their kindness to our father in the last years of his illness. A sincere thank you to Ruth Geauvreau, who provided special care to Dad and comfort to his family during the past 4 years. Even if we are occupied with important things, Even if we should attain honour or fall into misfortune, Still, let us remember how good it was once here, When we were all together, united by a good and kind feeling Which made us better perhaps than we are. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Elmans name to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba Research Fund, 10-120 Donald St., Wpg. MB, R3C 4G2. NEIL BARDAL INC 949-2200
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on October 12, 2000