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DOROTHY WINIFRED GERRIE

Born: Aug 07, 1911

Date of Passing: Jul 14, 2001

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DOROTHY WINIFRED GERRIE Born August 7, 1911 at her family home, 199 Furby St., Dorothy died at Victoria Hospital, July 14, 2001. Dorothy, the youngest child of Emma and Charles Gerrie, was predeceased by her parents; her sisters, Margaret Smart, Emma Maher, Grace Burwell, and Beatrice Pirie; her brothers, Robert Gerrie, George Gerrie, and Charles Gerrie; and her niece Marjorie Savill. She is survived by her nieces, Mary Elaine Price, Grace Maher, Frances Seiler, Geri Flynn, and Helene Ritchie; daughters of Emma and Elmer Maher, Marian Yeo, Barbara Germain and Frank Metcalfe; children of Beatrice Metcalfe Pirie, Diane Zakala, and Helen Gonzalez; daughters of Ina and Charles Gerrie; and her great-nephew Charles Savill. Dorothy was the granddaughter of Robert Gerrie and Margaret Bathgate of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, who settled in Winnipeg in 1872. Robert Gerrie made the first overseas shipment of grain from the prairies in 1877. During the great expansion of Winnipeg, caused by the arrival of the railway line, he was active in land development, particularly of Princess Street. Property he owned on that street included the Grand Union Hotel, the Princess Opera House, and the Gerrie Block. In this period, he was known as "King of the Boom". Dorothy attended Mulvey School and Balmoral Hall. Although handicapped by her loss of vision, she participated in activities at Westminister Church, the local community club, and the CNIB. At the end of her life, she resided at Central Park Lodge, Poseidon Bay. The family thanks the staff of Poseidon Lodge, who cared for Dorothy for 14 years. A memorial gathering will be held at the home of her great-nephew, Frank Yeo, 2 Exmouth Blvd., Tuxedo, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., August 7, the anniversary of her birthday, 90 years earlier.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 26, 2001

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