Published on: 12/18/2012 2:17:20 PM Print | Font Sizes:  Normal Text Large Text

Sudbury loses prominent businessman and philanthropist


By: Northern Ontario Business staff

Prominent Sudbury businessman and philanthropist Gerry Lougheed Sr. has died at the age of 83.

Lougheed, who established Lougheed’s Funeral Home and Flower Shop with his wife Marguerite in 1952, died at home on Dec. 16 surrounded by family.

Lougheed set up the local ambulance service, and was the first operator in Ontario to carry oxygen in the vehicles, requiring attendants to have accredited first aid courses.
He was later knighted by the Governor General of Canada for these pioneering efforts.
Active in the community, Lougheed was instrumental in developing the Send a Kid to Camp program through the Manitoulin/Sudbury Children's Foundation. As a member of the Rotary Club of Sudbury, Lougheed sat on many committees, serving in executive positions, including as president and district governor.

He was a founder of the Children's Rehabilitation Clinics, which helps disabled youngsters, and globally he was instrumental in building a school and literacy programs in India.
For his contributions, Lougheed received the Paul Harris Fellowship Award from the Rotary Club of Sudbury in 2007.

Lougheed is survived by his sons, Geoffrey Lougheed and Gerry Lougheed Jr.

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