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Memorable Manitobans: John Sidney Gray (1850-1917)


Born at Heckston, Ontario on 26 January 1850, son of John and Nancy Gray, he was educated at Iroquois High School and McGill University (1872-1876). He commenced a medical practice at North Williamsburg, Ontario in 1876 and came to Winnipeg in 1881. Initially a general practitioner, he later began to specialize in gynecology after taking advanced studies in Europe. He worked as a gynecologist at the Winnipeg General Hospital, was Chair of Gynecology at the Manitoba Medical College, and served as Registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba (1886-1916). In 1879, he married Adelaide Lane (1850-1938) at Napanee, Ontario. They had three children: Eva Lucile Gray (1884-1968), Charles Burnet Gray (1887-1979), and Helen Lane Campbell Gray (1895-1968, wife of Cecil B. Berners-Lee and grandmother of Sir Timothy Berners-Lee). He was a member of the Carleton Club, Adanac Club, Conservative Party, and Westminster Presbyterian Church. He died at his Winnipeg home, 67 Kingsway, on 11 February 1917 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Pioneer doctor died last night,” Manitoba Free Press, 12 February 1917, page 1.

“Winnipeggers who live in London,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 December 1936, page 45.

Obituary [Mrs. Adelaide Gray], Winnipeg Tribune, 3 October 1938, page 7.

Obituary [Eva Lucile Gray], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 April 1968, page 37.

Obituary [Charles Burnet Gray], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 June 1979, page 67.

We thank Robert Cooke for providing additional information used here.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 October 2018

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