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Memorable Manitobans: Neil McTavish (1902-1968)


Born at Basswood on 14 June 1902, son of W. M. McTavish (c1852-?) and Mary McKay (c1871-?), he taught at schools in rural Manitoba, Winnipeg, and East Kildonan and was Principal of Salisbury School (1929-1930) and the Knowles School for Boys (mid-1940s). He later taught in the East St. Paul School District (c1954-1958), Charleswood School District (1958-1959), Highland School (1959), and Lorette School (c1961-1965). On 30 June 1939, he married Mary Doris Patner (?-1991) at Winnipeg and they had one daughter, Mary Lynne McTavish (wife of Leonard Neil Gower). His pastimes included golfing and curling. He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 21 August 1968 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1906 Canada Census, Library and Archives Canada.

“Engagements,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 June 1939, page 13.

“Winnipeg wants a co-ordinates plan,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 November 1945, page 4.

“Teacher fired on short notice; will take protest to govt.,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 December 1959, page 3.

“They settle dispute over fired teacher,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 January 1960, page 12.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 August 1968, page 25.

“Gower - McTavish,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 June 1969, page 24.

Henderson’s Winnipeg Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Elmwood Cemetery Listing [Mary D. McTavish], Jim Smith.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 December 2014

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