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Memorable Manitobans: Francis Ross Kinley (1916-1985)

Educator, community activist.

Born at Kenton on 24 January 1916, son of Walter Thorne Kinley (1884-1948) and Ida Ross (1895-1993), grandson of Sara Elizabeth Buchanan Kinley and nephew of Ethel Adams Kinley and Edna Kathleen Salome Kinley, he grew up near Belmont and became a teacher, including work at Amana School (1936-1937) and a Principalship at Kississing School at Cold Lake, Manitoba. In July 1941, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force. In June 1942, he married Shirley Rose Rusk (1918-1987) and they had five children, one of whom was Douglas W. Kinley (c1950-2008). Returning from military service, he joined the Manitoba Power Commission before eventual retirement in 1979. Active in the Winnipeg sports community, he coached baseball and hockey teams in Elmwood. He was a founder of the East Side Eagles Football Club and helped to re-establish the Elmwood Giants Baseball Club, serving as its Vice-President and Treasurer. He was Sunday School Superintendent at the Grey Street United Church. He died at his Winnipeg home on 8 October 1985.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Engagements [Kinley - Rusk], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 June 1942, page 8.

“In Armed Forces,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 July 1942, page 8.

Obituary [Walter Thorne Kinley], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 June 1948, page 6.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 10 October 1985, page 66.

Obituary [Ida Ross Kinley], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 February 1993, page 48.

Obituary [Dr. Douglas W. Kinley], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 September 2008, page C17.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 10 February 2017

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