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Memorable Manitobans: Calvin Wright Finch (1863-1949)

Cleric, salesman.

Born at Caledonia, Ontario in July 1863, he graduated from McGill University (Arts, 1888) and became a minister of the Methodist Church, working in Quebec prior to moving West to Edmonton around 1900 and then Manitoba in 1902. Within the province, he worked at Ninga, Thornhill, and Rapid City before settling at Winnipeg in 1914. He took employment with Imperial Life Assurance Company, working for them until retirement around 1942. He was an Elder of the Young United Church and a member of the Greenwood Lawn Bowling Club and Odd Fellows. He and his wife Anna Marie Finch (1869-1938) had two children: Winnipeg school teacher Aleta Finch (1894-1963) and Lloyd Hugh Finch. He died at the Grace Hospital on 27 January 1949 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1906 & 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

1916 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

“Mrs. C.W. Finch dies at age of 69,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 January 1938, page 4.

“McGill grads hear Launay,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 April 1948, page 2.

“Retired Minister, dies in hospital,” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 January 1949, page 15.

“Rev. C. W. Finch,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 January 1949, page 24.

Death notice, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 Jan 1949, page 23.

Obituary [Aleta Finch], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 September 1963, page 32.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 9 March 2015

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