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Memorable Manitobans: Walter George Crane (1906-1979)

Educator, cleric.

Born at Shell River on 3 June 1906, son of Thomas George Crane (1865-1940) and Maude Frances “Fanny” Rodgers (c1883-1954), he grew up at Makaroff, attended the Dauphin Normal School, and attained a BA degree. His career included teaching at Dublin Bay School (1926-1927), Lenore School (?-?), and Shellmouth School (Principal 1935-1937, teacher 1937-1938), and Principal of Alexander School (1938-1939), Austin School (1940-1941), and Westbourne School (1941-1942). On 7 August 1935, he married Ellen Lois Blackwell (1903-1988) at Brandon and took up residence locally. During the Second World War, he embarked upon a new career, enrolling at United College and graduating with a BD degree in 1944. An ordained United Church minister, he served the congregations of Shellmouth and Selkirk, later taking charge at Eastend (Saskatchewan) and other places in western Canada, ending up at Victoria, British Columbia by the 1970s. He died at his Victoria residence, 915 Hudson Street, on 27 August 1979.

Sources:

Birth, marriage, & death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

1916 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

“Marriages [Crane-Rogers],” Manitoba Free Press, 28 November 1904, page 13.

“Brandon social notes,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 July 1935, page 5.

Obituary [Alvin William Blackwell], Brandon Daily Sun, 21 January 1938, page 9.

“Makaroff pioneer passes away,” Roblin Review & Togo News, 2 May 1940, page 4.

“Theology Department holds annual banquet,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 April 1944, page 7.

“Church at Petersfield will mark anniversary,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 September 1944, page 3.

Obituary [Mrs. Maude Fanny Crane],” Roblin Review, 22 April 1954, page 1.

“Selkirk United Church,” Selkirk Enterprise, 23 February 1955, page 6.

Obituary, Roblin Review, 12 September 1979, page 6.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 30 December 2019

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