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Memorable Manitobans: John Colvin (c1876-1947)

Community activist.

Born at Glasgow, Scotland around 1876, he came to Winnipeg in 1906 where he worked as an ironworker with the Canadian Pacific Railway. He was active in numerous Scottish organizations in the city, including as Treasurer of the United Scottish Association, President of the East Kildonan Scottish Association, a member of the Winnipeg Burns Club and the Caledonian Society of Winnipeg, and President of the Winnipeg Scottish Football Club. He was also President of the Manitoba Football Association for about four years. He was Liberal candidate for the Assiniboia constituency in the 1910 provincial general election. He served as Secretary of the East Kildonan School District in 1923 and from 1926 to 1946. He died at Winnipeg on 1 January 1947 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery. He is commemorated by Colvin Avenue in Winnipeg.


“Career of candidate,” Winnipeg Tribune, 25 June 1910, page 2.

“East Kildonan school official, John Colvin, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 January 1947, page 7.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 September 2018

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