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Memorable Manitobans: John Joseph McDonald (1934-2019)

Educator, historian.

Born at Dublin, Ireland on 18 June 1934, son of John McDonald and Bridget Purdie [Purdy], he immigrated to Canada in 1951 and initially resided at Grand Prairie, Alberta. By 1952, he moved to Winnipeg and attained BA, MA, BEd, and MEd degrees. He taught in rural Manitoba, was Principal of Grand Marais School (1968-1969), and later lectured at Brandon University. He was a member of Korea Veterans Association of Canada, a volunteer historian, and Honourary Archivist or the Royal Military Institute of Manitoba, as well as President of a Teachers’ Association. He was twice married; first Janet Nina Criddle (1937-?) at the All Saints Anglican Church in Winnipeg on 8 September 1962. They separated in 1978 and divorced in 1983, by which time he resided in Selkirk. He married again, to Bernice Hudson (?-2019) on 11 December 1988, with a second divorce finalized in 1997. He had no children of his own, though gained two step-daughters via his second marriage. He died at the Deer Lodge Centre on 27 November 2019.


“Items of social and personal interest [Mr. and Mrs. John Valentine Criddle],” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 August 1962, page 12.

Winnipeg divorce files (ATG 0009a), FD83-01-27260 - John Joseph McDonald & Janet Nina McDonald, GR7451, Archives of Manitoba.

Winnipeg and Selkirk family files (ATG 0040a), FD96-01-45521 - John Joseph McDonald and Bernice Hudson McDonald, Court Registry System.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press 7 December 2019, page B6.

Obituary [Bernice Hudson-McDonald], Winnipeg Free Press 2 March 2019, page B5.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 10 July 2020

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