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Memorable Manitobans: Hugh Connolly (1890-1970)

Educator, school inspector.

Born in County Antrim, Ireland on 14 August 1890, he was educated at Ballyeraigy and Belfast. He emigrated to Canada in 1912 and, for three years, served as a student minister in the Methodist faith, taking training at Wesley College. In 1915, he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force and served overseas with the 11th Field Ambulance Corps.

Upon returning to Canada, he attended Normal School in 1919 and 1920 then served as Principal of schools at Ladywood (1921-1923), Brookdale (1923-1924), and Elkhorn (1924-1927). In 1927, he was appointed a Manitoba School Inspector and was based successively at Rossburn, Gladstone, Winnipeg, St. Vital, and Fort Garry. After retiring in 1956, he was appointed School Superintendent at Fort Garry, a position that he held for two and a half years.

On 13 July 1921, he married Eleanor Hamlen at Brandon. They had four children: Florence Connolly (wife of R. K. Adams), Kathleen Connolly (wife of R. D. Dryden), Eileen Margaret Connolly (wife of William Judson Moore), and Thomas Hugh Connolly. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion (Valour Road Branch), Manitoba Educational Association (President, 1953-1954), Manitoba School Inspectors Association (President), Mentors Club (President), and Westminster United Church. He was a United Farmers candidate for the St. Clements constituency in the 1922 provincial election.

He died at Winnipeg on 5 October 1970 and was buried in the Garry Memorial Park.


Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Progressives choose teacher,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 May 1922, page 2.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“Engagements,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 June 1957, page 8.

The History of the Manitoba Educational Association by Ernest Butterworth, MEd thesis, Faculty of Graduate Study and Research, University of Manitoba, 1965.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 October 1970, page 28.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 June 2018

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