Family of Flying Phil makes major donation to hospital facilities

By Doug CollinséThe Canadian Press
December 7, 2017 - 6:49am

VANCOUVER  —  Children and grandchildren of late B-C minister and politician Phil Gaglardi  and his wife Jennie have donated 25 million dollars to the Vancouver General Hospital and U-B-C Hospital Foundation.

     Officials say the money will go towards expanding surgical services at V-G-H and U-B-C hospitals.

     In recognition of the gift, a new surgical area at V-G-H will be named after the Gaglardis.

     It's to be part of a 102-million-dollar project that will include 16 new state-of-the-art operating rooms, a 40-bed hospital unit and a new communications system.

Gaglardi was elected to the B.C. Legislature in 1952. During his time in office, which lasted until 1972, Gaglardi was always a cabinet minister.

Most notably, as the Minister of Public Works and later as Highways Minister, Gaglardi is generally considered the architect of extreme highway expansion in the province, including the Rogers Pass and most of the major highway bridges in the province.

He also contributed to the rapid expansion of the B.C. Ferry fleet.

Gaglardi served a term as the Mayor of Kamloops from 1988-1990.

He passed away in 1995 at the age of 82.

(The Canadian Press)

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