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Memorable Manitobans: John Henry Crowley (1888-1963)

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Born at Toronto, Ontario on 5 July 1888, son of Peter Crowley and Ellen Regan, his youth was spent at Toronto and New York City before he came to Winnipeg in 1913. In partnership with Benjamin “Ben” Jacob, he founded the garment manufacturing firm of Jacob-Crowley Manufacturing Company. He and wife Mary Margaret Crowley (1891-1953) had four children: John Henry Crowley (1923-2000), Joseph Richard Crowley (1927-2004), Helen Frances Crowley (?-1984, wife of John Forrest Paterson), and Margaret Crowley (wife of G. A. Miller). He was active in the early years of St. Paul’s College and the Knights of Columbus, and served as President of the Garment Manufacturers’ Association. He died at the King George Hospital and was buried in the St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery. At the time of his death, he lived at 60 Harvard Avenue.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Keewayden Building / Crowley Building (138 Portage Avenue East, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Crowley House (60 Harvard Avenue, Winnipeg)


Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.

“Helen Frances Crowley weds in mid-morning ceremony,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 July 1943, page 10.

Obituary [Margaret Crowley], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 September 1953, page 30.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 February 1963, page 21.

Obituary [Helen Frances Crowley], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 May 1984, page 51.

Obituary [John Henry Crowley], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 November 2000.

Obituary [Richard Joseph Crowley], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 December 2004.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 November 2019

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