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Memorable Manitobans: Riley James Ralph Alley (1912-1980)


Born at Gilbert Plains on 21 March 1912, son of Harry Austin Alley (1880-1974) and Mabel Florence Johnston (1886-1975), he attended school locally and became a teacher and earned a BEd degree from the University of Manitoba in 1958. During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force, after which he returned to teaching and married Eva Kathleen Croll (1910-1972, daughter of Hubert Alexander Croll) on 24 December 1948 at All Saints Church in Winnipeg. The couple had two sons. He later remarried; his second wife’s name was Juan Alley. He served as Principal of Nordale School (1951-1962) and Archwood School (1962-1965) prior to retirement. He died at Lakeland, Florida on 14 January 1980 and was buried in a Winnipeg cemetery.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

1916 Canada census, Library and Archives of Canada.

“Eva Croll of Souris weds R. J. Alley at All Saints,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 December 1948, page 11.

“Bachelor of Pedagogy general course,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 May 1958, page 17.

“Goodbye, Miss Chips,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 May 1962, page 3.

Obituary [Eva Kathleen Alley], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 December 1972, page 30.

Obituary [Harry Austin Alley], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 November 1974, page 51.

Obituary [Mabel Florence Alley], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 October 1975, page 35.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 January 1980, page 42.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

We thank J. Robert Alley for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 23 October 2017

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