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Memorable Manitobans: Frank Crossley Davey (1894-1982)

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Born at Meaford, Ontario on 19 May 1894, son of Peter Richard Davey (1855-1935) and Emma Wilkinson (1862-1920), he was working as a postman at the time of the First World War, when he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Following his military discharge, he received an Arts degree from the University of Manitoba. He served as the first Principal of Sir John Franklin School (1921-1922), then he taught at Isaac Newton School (1922-1923), King Edward School (1923-1926), and Isaac Newton School (1926-1941). He was then the Principal of Margaret Scott School (1941-1945), Norquay School (1945-1954), and Aberdeen School (1954-1958).

He was married twice, first to Olive Crew (1892-1937) on 28 November 1918, and second to Norah Mildred Kernaghan (1911-?) on 16 July 1940 in Winnipeg. He had three children: Elaine Davey (wife of F. W. “Bud” Wagner), Marilyn Davey (wife of James Watson), and Trevor Davey. He was a member of the Masons (King Edward Lodge No. 93, Lynn Valley Lodge No. 122).

He died at North Vancouver, British Columbia on 28 May 1982 and was buried in the Burnaby Masonic Cemetery.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

Henderson’s Winnipeg Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

“Engagements,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 July 1940, page 10.

“Principals appointed for city schools,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 June 1945, page 4.

“Elaine Davey bride of F. W. Wagner,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 July 1945, page 8.

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

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 June 1982, page 42.

Susan Taylor family tree, Ancestry.

Wilkinson family tree, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 December 2014

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