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Memorable Manitobans: John Boyd (1877-1962)


Born at Londonderry, Northern Ireland on 9 July 1877, he took teacher training and moved with his family and two nieces to Canada in 1913. They settled at Oak Lake where he was Principal of Oakwood School (1913-1916) and where his niece Lala Boyd (1901-1967) later taught. He moved Brandon and taught mathematics at the Brandon Collegiate (1916-1917, 1918-1922) and Central School (1917-1918). In July 1922, he moved to 261 Belvidere Street in St. James and he taught at Linwood High School (1922-1945). Upon retirement to British Columbia in June 1945, and in appreciation of his lengthy tenure, he was given a traveling bag by his colleagues and an engraved wallet by student alumni. He was also an Elder of St. James United Church. In 1960, he took up residence at Vancouver. He married Martha Anne Boyd (1877-1960) and had four children: Maude Boyd (c1904-?, wife of William Edward Kruger), John “Jack” Boyd (c1905-?), Margaret Anna Anderson “Daisy” Boyd (c1906-1975, wife of Mitchell William Sharp), and Florence Elizabeth Boyd (c1908-?, wife of Murray Persse Miller). He died at the South Pines Hospital on 24 February 1962 with burial in the Forest Lawn Cemetery at Burnaby.


Marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

1916 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

“Brandon and district news [Mr. J. Boyd ...],” Brandon Daily Sun, 24 August 1916, page 9.

“Soldiers must have best food [...],” Brandon Daily Sun, 7 January 1918, page 12.

“School teachers to receive small salary increases,” Brandon Daily Sun, 14 May 1918, page 2.

“Around town [Mrs. and Mrs. John Boyd], ” Brandon Daily Sun, 31 July 1922, page 10.

“Around town [Mrs. John Boyd and Miss Maud Boyd...],” Brandon Daily Sun, 6 July 1923, page 9.

“News in brief and notes of St. James,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 June 1935, page 2.

“News in brief and notes of St. James [Mr. and Mrs. John Boyd],” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 July 1935, page 6.

“Miss Lala Boyd [...],” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 September 1938, page 8.

“Carnegie,” Brandon Sun, 11 July 1945, page 6.

Obituary [Mrs. Martha A. Boyd], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 January 1960, page 5.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 February 1962, page 24.

“Mrs. Mitchell Sharp buried in Ottawa,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 July 1975, page 4.

Canadian voter lists, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 9 October 2020

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