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Memorable Manitobans: John Cowan Gillespie (1863-1936)

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John Cowan Gillespie
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Born at Hamilton, Ontario on 26 February 1863, son of George H. and Elizabeth Agnes Gillespie, he was educated at Upper Canada College. He came to Winnipeg in 1888 as a member of the firm of George D. Woods Company. By 1925, he was General Manager of Wood, Vallance Ltd. He retired in 1928. On 24 June 1891, he married Mary Louise Scoble (?-?) at Winnipeg. They had no children. During the First World War, he saw service overseas with 43rd and 79th Canadian Expeditionary Force Battalions as a member of Queen’s Own Canadian Highlanders of Canada. He continued as an Officer of the unit from 1920 to 1923. He was a member of the United Service Club, Manitoba Club, Motor Country Club, and Presbyterian Church. He died at his Winnipeg home, Broadway Place, on 15 August 1936 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 August 1936, page 16.

“Col. J. C. Gillespie, veteran O.C. of Camerons, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 August 1936, page 4.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 December 2018

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