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Obituary of Peter Guy Gamble
PETER GUY GAMBLE 1919-2006 Peter passed away at Grace Hospital on December 8, 2006. Peter was predeceased by his wife Mae in October of this year. He is survived by sons Dennis and Rick, brother Ted (Surrey, B.C.) and their families. Peter operated Gamble Radio Co. on Portage Avenue with Mae from 1941 to 1965 and was the first to offer US recording labels including Frankie Laine, Nat King Cole and other jazz greats. He also teamed with his best friend, Gar Gillies, in forming the Gar Gillies Jump Band playing out of the old St. James Hall and Picardy's. Gamble Radio was approached by Canadian Marconi in 1946 to service their new car radios for Ford and later other major auto manufacturers. For many years Gamble's was the place to go for car radio repairs. In their retirement, Peter and Mae returned to the Winnipeg Roller Rink in 1979 and, with other old time skaters, formed the Senior Roller Skaters Association in 1986. In co-operation with rink owner Bob Beach, they operated every Sunday morning featuring music from the early years to the present with Peter managing, directing, supplying and playing the music up to mid November of this year, a span of over 20 years. Peter will be missed by all his friends and associates at the Winnipeg Roller Rink (now Galaxy). Peter also spent his time as a ham radio operator having received his license in 1937 and, at the time of his death, was one of the oldest operating stations in Canada as VE4TZ. His station became famous for providing communications for the 1979-82 Trans-Globe expedition, a round the world event from the South to North poles. Before satellite radio VE4TZ was a helpful asset to the Canadian Army at Alert, NWT providing two way radio to servicemen and their families. Special thanks to granddaughter Keltie for her efforts and concerns for Peter in his time in the hospital and during Mae's last days at Heritage. Also thanks to Sherry for keeping friends and relatives updated on the situation. Cremation has taken place and, at Peter's request, there will be no service. Donations may be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society or the Pet Rescue Shelters.