Memorable Manitobans: David Raymond “Ray” Falconer (1904-1989)
Born at Morden on 29 April 1904, son of Thomas Falconer (1859-1907) and Jessie Bartleman (1867-1925), he contracted infantile paralysis in childhood which caused lifelong lameness. After graduating from high school, he taught on permit at Woodrow School (1923), then served as the Principal of Bowsman Union School (1924-1925) and Swan Lake School (1926-1927) and a teacher at the Brandon Collegiate (1927-1928).
He attended Queen’s University, receiving BA and MA degrees in History. He then studied accountancy and was accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba in 1936. He worked as a chartered accountant at Winnipeg (1935-1938) and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan (1938-1942). On 22 July 1939, he married Lola Mary Passmore (1899-1985) at Toronto, Ontario and they had a son at Moose Jaw. The family moved to Toronto in 1942 where he worked as an accountant, a federal tax assessor, and later an accountant for Noranda Mines until retirement in 1969.
He moved to Victoria, British Columbia in 1970 and died there on 7 April 1989.
Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
David R. Falconer, Dunkeld Falconers.
We thank David Falconer and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 4 November 2021