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Memorable Manitobans: Neville Meldrum Elwick (1912-1972)

Community activist.

Born at Winnipeg on 8 November 1912, son of William Alfred Elwick (1890-1963) and Ethel Elizabeth Newbold (?-1948), he served with the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. On 1 August 1942, he married Ursula Stella Peterman (c1914-1967) at St. Martins-in-the-Fields Anglican Church in West Kildonan and had two children. An employee of Winnipeg Hydro for over 30 years, and a Meter Division foreman at the time of his death, he was active in the community as President and Chairman of the West Kildonan Recreational Commission, and President of the West Kildonan Community Centre. He was also a member of the City of Winnipeg’s West Kildonan Community Council, Fort Nighters Square Dance Club, 30-year Cub Master of the 37th Cub Pack, and Rector’s Warden (1966-?) of the St. Martins-in-the-Field Anglican Church. He died at International Falls, Minnesota on 5 February 1972 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery. He and his wife are commemorated with Elwick Community School and the near-by Elwick Recreation Building.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Elwick Community School (30 Maberley Road, Winnipeg)

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

“Elwick-Peterman,” Winnipeg Tribune, 14 August 1942, page 11.

Obituary [Alfred Elwick], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 December 1963, page 21.

“Church names new officers,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 February 1966, page 13.

Obituary [Ursula Stella Elwick], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 March 1967, page 24.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 February 1972, page 23.

“W. Kildonan sets Elwick night,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 March 1972, page 36.

Winnipeg Estate file #379/72, Neville Meldrum Elwick, Archives of Manitoba.

“City of Winnipeg Tenders for construction of Elwick Recreation Building,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 June 1974, page 26.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 4 January 2015

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