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Memorable Manitobans: John Allan Doyle (1871-1953)

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John Allan Doyle
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Born at Elora, Ontario on 28 May 1871, son of John Hatie Doyle and Miss Kiteley, he graduated from Victoria College (Arts and Theology) at the University of Toronto. Around 1900, he went to Saskatchewan and held several ministerial postings in the Methodist Church before being named Superintendent of Methodist Missions (1918-1929) for southern Saskatchewan, during which time he was given an honourary degree (1925) by Wesley College.

In 1929, he was appointed Superintendent of the Brandon Indian Residential School prior to becoming Reverend of Gordon United Church (1941-1944) in Winnipeg. He retired around 1951. He and his wife Alice Gertrude Beatrice Curts (1874-1950) had four daughters: Dorothy L. Doyle (wife of Edward Durrant), Mrs. Ian Beton, Mrs. Fred MacNicol, and Jean Doyle.

He died at Victoria, British Columbia on 29 November 1953 and was buried in the Colwood Burial Park.


Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

“General Session on at Moose Jaw,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 June 1912, page 5.

“Rev. J. A. Doyle injured,” Manitoba Free Press, 20 December 1924, page 30.

“Progress of United Church is told at special service,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 June 1928, page 5.

“Cochrane is offered post in Queen City [Rev J. A. Doyle, D.D., is appointed [...] ],” Manitoba Free Press, 12 April 1929, page 8.

“Dr. Doyle for Gordon United,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 May 1941, page 4.

“Former Gordon United Minister’s wife sies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 October 1950, page 38.

“Rev. John A. Doyle dies in Victoria,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 December 1953, page 9.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 11 June 2021

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