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Memorable Manitobans: John McCreary “Jack” Coyne (1920-2005)


Born at Winnipeg in 1920, son of James B. Coyne and Edna Margaret Elliott, he attended Ravenscourt School and the University of Manitoba (BA) then in 1940 received a Rhodes Scholarship for study at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. During the Second World War, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, serving from 1942 to 1945, and received the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war he returned to Oxford where he studied law and was also a member of the university’s hockey team.

Following his return to Canada, he joined the firm of Herridge, Tolmie, Gray, Coyne and Blair at Ottawa where he practiced in the area of administrative law and international trade. He served on a Canadian panel that settled disputes under the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement, and served as legal counsel to the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the Fowler Royal Commission on Broadcasting. He was a member of the Board of Governors for Trans Canada Pipelines, Canada Permanent Trust Company, Canadian Tax Foundation, and Trinity College School (Port Hope). He also served one term as a Rockcliffe Village councillor.

He died at Ottawa, Ontario on 27 June 2005 and was buried there.


1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

Obituary, Ottawa Citizen, 29 June 2005.

We thank Jim Arnett for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 September 2015

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