By husband, Lloyd, was born in Whitehorse, Yukon in 1922 and lived his entire life here except for a brief stint overseas with the Canadian Army in 1944 and 1945.
As a young boy, he worked hard helping his Dad deliver wood and water to Whitehorse residents. His main job was caring for, and feeding the horses that were used to pull the wagons and sleighs around town.
For fun, he and his friend Bill Drury had a trapline and sold the rabbits they snared to a local restaurant.
From his early years to his death, Dec. 7, 2009, Lloyd was fascinated with airplanes, and his photo albums are filled with pictures of the first planes that flew in the Yukon.
This fascination culminated in 30 years of bush flying both commercially and privately. He was known for his ability as a “natural” pilot who could be counted on to always ensure the safety of his passengers.
He loved flying in the St. Elias Mountains, and received a great deal of publicity for landing his planes on the glaciers as he flew mountain climbers. These included members of the Robert Kennedy expedition when the senator climbed Mount Kennedy named after his brother, President Jack Kennedy.
Lloyd knew every inch of the Yukon, travelling over it time and again by plane, boat, foot and car. According to him, the outdoors was the best place to be.
He was a lifelong volunteer in the community, and received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the City in 1991. He was also named Transportation Person of the Year in 1997 and, in 2005, received the Order of Polaris, an aviation award for his contributions to aviation in the Yukon.
The Transportation Museum has honoured him as a founding member and contributor.
Lloyd met me when I was flying around the Yukon as a Northern Health Services nurse. In 1995, we were named Mr. and Mrs. Yukon.
This special piece of metal, and the story that goes with it, will be part of The Whitehorse Horse sculpture that will be placed at the new Whitehorse Public Safety Building. The artist, Daphne Mennell, hopes you will contribute your own piece of metal and story to the thousands of others that are needed by the end of July. The metal should be approximately 11 inches square and a magnet would stick to it. Please see the Highlights Page of this paper for the drop-off point in your community.