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Memorable Manitobans: John Oswald Murray (1869-1943)

Cleric, educator.

Born at Ballymena, Ireland in January 1869, son of the Very Reverend J. W. Murray, LL.D., Dean of Connor, and Margaret Murray. He was educated at the Ballymena Grammar School and entered Trinity College, Dublin in 1887 where he won a First Classical scholarship in 1889 and the Vice Chancellor’s Gold Medal in 1890. He was ordained a Anglican deacon in 1896, becoming a priest for the Diocese of London in 1897. He served as Curate of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London from 1896 to 1902. Coming to Winnipeg, he served as Canon of St. John’s Cathedral for 41 years, and Professor of Systematic Theology at St. John’s College.

From 1916 to 1919 he served as a chaplain in the First World War, then was posted to Ireland where he worked in the Diocese of Neath until 1926. He then returned to St. John’s College in Winnipeg, remaining there until his retirement in 1940. He continued to work in the church and also took charge of St. Barnabas Church until forced to step down due to ill health. He died at Winnipeg on 25 October 1943.

Sources:

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

“Rev. J. O. Murray dies on Monday”, Winnipeg Free Press, 25 October 1943, page 2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 May 2010

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