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Lloyd Gilmour


Lloyd Gilmour and his twin sister Ruth came into the world on August 28, 1916 in Edmonton, and grew up as part of a family of five children in Medicine Hat. Milt Gilmour, a CPR man, and his wife Olive probably wondered what would become of Lloyd when he ran away from home at age 15, but he returned a year later and finished high school.


The newspaper business attracted the young man until World War II took him overseas with the RCAF. Five years after the Leduc discovery, Lloyd started The Roughneck and brought a lighthearted approach to the story of the industry. The Roughneck always lived up to its name, and it was just the right size to fit into the back pocket of a pair of jeans. Written for the people, it also boasted some of the best cartoons and a wide variety of jokes.


Always on the lookout for a good people story, he managed to get a photo of himself with Marilyn Monroe for the cover of the September 1953 issue of The Roughneck.


He sold The Roughneck after 27 years and spent more time with his family and his horses and dogs until his death on October 8, 1999. Independent, hard working and with a capacity to find enjoyment in every part of life, Lloyd Gilmour was an important part of the western Canadian oilpatch.


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