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Memorable Manitobans: Donald Murray McLaughlin (1905-2003)


Born at Plumas on 31 December 1905, son of Duncan McLaughlin (1872-1957) and Ann McLaughlin (1873-1971), he was known to all by his middle name. He moved with his family to the Elm River District near Oakville and graduated from the Portage Normal School in 1925, beginning his teaching career at Milvihill School and moving on to McIvor School (1928-1929). The Great Depression saw him return to the family farm until the onset of the Second World War, when he joined the Royal Canadian Artillery Corps, in 1939, serving as a surveyor. While deployed to the European theatre, he made the acquaintance of Lilian Blanche Hogan (1914-1988), a nurse at Bethnel Green Hospital in London. She moved to Canada in 1947 and they married at his parents’ Oakville home on 19 June 1948. They had a son and a daughter. He resumed teaching and served as Principal of Springfield School before teaching at Nelson McIntyre Collegiate, remaining there until retirement in 1972. He died at the Grace Hospital on 1 October 2003 and was buried in the Oakville Cemetery.


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“McLaughlin - Hogan,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 July 1948, page 12.

Obituary [Duncan McLaughlin], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 November 1957, page 24.

Obituary [Ann McLaughlin], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 November 1971, page 49.

Obituary, [Lilian Blanche McLaughlin], Winnipeg Free Press, 14 April 1988, page 32.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 October 2003, page B6.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 31 October 2017

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