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PEGGY COLONELLO (MARGARET LETTY GILLARD)
Born: Dec 09, 1922
Date of Passing: Apr 15, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
December 9, 1922 - April 15, 2020
Peggy was predeceased by her father and mother, Malcolm and Gladys Gillard; her sister, Lorna; and her husband, Alex, in 2013, after 64 years of marriage. She leaves behind her relative, Marie Hughes, of Trail, BC; and her dear friends, Margaret Homenuik, Garnet Burden, and Walter Silicz and their families.
Peggy grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay, Moose Jaw, and Kenora, before settling in Winnipeg, where she worked at TransCanada Airlines. She met Alex, and they were married at Elmhurst Golf and Country Club in 1949. She then worked as a secretary at Federated Cooperatives.
Peggy rode a streetcar with her golf clubs to Bourkevale Golf Course on Portage Avenue until 1948, when she joined Alex as a member of Elmhurst Golf and Country Club. They remained members of Elmhurst for over 60 years. Alex and Peggy built a house on the river in Woodhaven, where they resided until their move to Glendale Court in 2005. They were also members of the Monterey Golf and Country Club in California, where they spent many of their winter months.
Peggy was a competitive golfer, and volunteer extraordinaire. She was on three Manitoba Senior Provincial golf teams, and many winning Nassau teams for Elmhurst. Internationally, Peggy represented Canada in many capacities including captain, diplomat, and referee at golf events in Australia, New Zealand, Columbia, Hong Kong, Great Britain, and Switzerland. She was the President of the Manitoba Ladies Golf Association from 1974 to 1976, and President of the Canadian Ladies Golf Association from 1982 to 1983. Peggy chaired many provincial and national tournaments in Winnipeg in the 1980s, and in 1984, she was nominated for the Manitoba Sports Federation's Volunteer of the Year Award. In 1994, Peggy was inducted as a Builder into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. In 2003, she was an inaugural inductee in the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame.
In 2018, The Alex and Peggy Colonello Foundation was established to support junior golf in Manitoba. An endowment was created that will support, in perpetuity, the development of junior golf in Manitoba, the University of Manitoba Bison Golf Program, and the Golf In Schools program. The Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame will also receive support in recognizing and celebrating contributions to golf at the annual Hall of Fame Induction ceremony. Throughout her life, Peggy was a philanthropist and contributed to many charities. Her community focused gifting will continue through an endowment to the Winnipeg Foundation.
Many thanks to head nurse Wendy Southall and the wonderful staff on the 3rd floor of the Golden West Centennial Lodge for going above and beyond in both their care and compassion for Peggy.
A Celebration of Life for Peggy will occur at a date and place to be announced later this summer.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Winnipeg Salvation Army.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 24, 2020, Apr 25, 2020
Condolences & Memories (4 entries)
Mrs. Colenello was a wonderful lady. I can remember being a young junior hanging around the putting green at Elmhurst during a weekday morning waiting to join up with group. Mrs. Colonello would always try to fit me into her group or get me out with the other ladies. I enjoyed my games with her and know that I am a better golfer and person because she was a part of life. Sincerely, Jeff Lailey - Posted by: Jeff Lailey (Friend) on: Apr 25, 2020
Deeply saddened to learn of your loss of Peggy. She was most gracious to me as I researched the bush flying career of her remarkable Dad (Vern Gillard). With advancing age and various circumstances, she was unable to help in later years but I have carried on in the research with a strong feeling that her Dad deserves a place in aviation history. Peggy was a wonderful lady! - Posted by: John Richthammer (Friend) on: Apr 25, 2020
RIP Peggy Huge HUGS from The Kurceba family Thank you To you Peggy & Alex fore your life time support of Golf in Manitoba and around the World Every Ball Washer Flag pole is a reminder to me of 2 great people A honour to be a friend Sandy & Alex - Posted by: Sandy Kurceba (Friend ) on: Apr 24, 2020
As an early teenager I lived just over a mile from Elmhurst. I used to sneak in and caddy or go on the practice green. A lot of members knew you and said Hi. Alex and Peggy would always ask how you were and talk a bit. Peggy and Anne Tachan were just wonderful ladies who we were blessed with for many years. Thanks for all the wonderful things her & Alex accomplished. Vic Laird - Posted by: Victor Laird (acquaintance) on: Apr 24, 2020
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