Member Statement (7 April 2005)

Member Statement

From Hansard - 7 April 2005

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Bill Gomersall Celebrates 100th Birthday
Mr. Stewart: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, 2005 is not only the centennial year for the province, but is also the 100th birth year for Bill Gomersall.

Bill moved to Moose Jaw with his family in 1913 and spent his formative years in the city. Bills dad was a teamster and very expert with horses. Bill inherited his dads skills in that regard and was not only a well-known and expert horseman, but one who had a genuine understanding of horses.

Bill gained fame all over southern Saskatchewan and northern Montana as a coyote hunter. So proficient was Bill in hunting coyotes during the long, cold winters that he built one of the most beautiful ranches in southern Saskatchewan, largely from the proceeds of selling coyote hides.

In 2002, at the young age of 97, Bill started another career, once again travelling his old stomping grounds and renewing old acquaintances. Bill retells the cowboy poetry that he learned as a child. Bill still lives on the ranch in the Galilee district south of Moose Jaw that he loves so much and is a well-respected elder statesman in the ranching and horse industries.

In this day and age when compliance with the norm seems to be the goal that so many younger people strive for, we should especially appreciate his rugged individuality and irreproachable integrity. Bill celebrated his 100th birthday March 20. Thanks, Bill, and God bless you.

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