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Memorable Manitobans: David John “Dave” Drybrough (1936-2021)

Athlete, accountant.

Born at Winnipeg on 13 October 1936, son of John Drybrough (1896-1991) and Edna May Curry (1898-1992), he grew up in Tuxedo and graduated in 1953 from St. Johns Ravenscourt School. His interest in running began in his youth and he developed into a top provincial and national runner in the 1950s and early 1960s. He represented Canada at the 1959 Pan American Games in Chicago and he set the Canadian Indoor Mile Record in 1960. He also played basketball in high school and was Rookie of the Year in the 1959 Manitoba Senior Men's Basketball League. He coached the University of Manitoba's 1964 cross-country running team to the Canadian championship, served as Deputy Meet Director of Athletics at the 1967 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg, and represented the Canadian Track and Field Association as an official at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. He was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame (2009). On 26 August 1961, he married Constance “Connie” Ellis and they had three children. He died on 9 March 2021


Obituary [John Drybrough], Winnipeg Free Press 4 January 1991, page 34.

Obituary [Edna May Drybrough], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 July 1992, page 42.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 March 2021.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 May 2021

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