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Memorable Manitobans: John Maxwell “Jack” McGilvray (1908-1977)


Born at Binscarth on 18 June 1908, son of David Warnock McGilvray and Florence Agnes Broadwood (1869-1947), he was educated at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate in Winnipeg, the Central Normal School, and the University of Manitoba (BA, 1939).

taught at Balmerino School (1927-1930) and Arden School (1930-1934). He was the Principal of Elphinstone School (1934-1936), Beulah School (1936-1940), and Gladstone School (1940-1941). In 1942, he became Assistant Principal of Neepawa Collegiate, serving until 1946 when he became an insurance agent. In 1950, he went into partnership with Nelson Shoemaker in the Shoemaker-McGilvray Agency that dealt in real estate, insurance, and travel. He retired in 1970.

On 21 August 1935, he married Lottie Irene McKenzie (?-?) at Arden. and they had two sons and a daughter. Active in the community, he was Adjutant of the Neepawa Air Cadets (1942-1945), Chairman of the Neepawa School Board (1949-1955), and Secretary and Sunday School Superintendent of the Neepawa United Church.

He died at Neepawa on 19 September 1977 and was buried in the Neepawa Riverside Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Hall House (516 Brown Avenue, Neepawa)


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 October 1977, page 36.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 July 2021

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