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Born: Jan 19, 1913

Date of Passing: Jan 15, 2005

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GEORGE DOUGLAS RUTTAN Doug died, peacefully, at home, on January 15, 2005. Born in Winnipeg on January 19, 1913. Doug graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1936 with a Masters degree in Science. He held several geology jobs in N.W. Ontario and northern Manitoba before becoming Chief Geologist for Sherritt Gordon Mines at Lynn Lake, MB. in 1951. During his years in Lynn Lake, Doug helped find and develop several mines, including the Ruttan Lake mine, which was named for him, at the suggestion of his staff. Since 1975, he has lived in Sidney, BC with his wife Isobel. He is survived by his wife; his daughters, Janet Balzarini, Judy Tilley, Lorna and Sue; sons-in-law, David Balzarini and Garry Tilley; grandchildren, Kevin and Kent Tilley and Eric, Sharon and Diane Balzarini; and great-grandchildren, Emily, Megan and Maya Balzarini and Tatiana Tilley.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 21, 2005

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • I worked for Doug at Lynn Lake, 1955/57 and it was Doug who used his influence to get me into the University of Manitoba where I graduated from Geological Engineering in 1963. I had a great career in the mining industry and am now retired and living in Mississauga, Ontario. I have never forgotten Doug's influence on my career, particularly, his help in getting me into U of M when I had come from Ontario - Posted by: JIM MARSHALL (Co-Worker) on: Jan 22, 2005

  • When a young guy from 66-69, used to talk with Doug in his office, an opportunity to smoke my pipe with him at work. Enjoyed the things he had to say. - Posted by: Vic Laird (Acquaintance) on: Jan 21, 2005

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