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Memorable Manitobans: Robert McIlroy “Bob” Cross (1903-1984)

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Robert McIlroy Cross
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Educator.

Born in County Armagh, Northern Ireland in December 1903, he came to Manitoba with his family in 1908 and was educated at the University of Manitoba (BA, magna cum laude). He began a teaching career at Emerson School then was Principal of Lauder School (1926-1928), and a mathematics teacher at Souris School. He then returned to Winnipeg to be a junior high teacher at General Wolfe School, mathematics teacher at Kelvin High School, Vice-Principal at Aberdeen Junior High School (1951-1953), and Principal of Isbister School (1953-1955), Riverview School (1955-1957), Earl Grey School (1957-1966), and Sargent Park School (1966-1969). On 11 February 1933, he married Jeane Ethelyne Webber (?-2002) at Brandon and they had three children, including Robert Walter “Bob” Cross. He was a member of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society, Sir John Franklin Community Club (President), Winnipeg Mentors’ Club, and IOOF (Noble Grand). He was an avid birdwatcher and amateur photographer. He died at Winnipeg on 29 October 1984.

Sources:

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 October 1984, page 60.

Obituary [Jeane Ethelyne Cross], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 April 2002.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 February 2020

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