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Memorable Manitobans: William Raymer Pike (1888-1954)

Cleric, educator.

Born at Markham, Ontario on 10 November 1888, son of Jacob Pike (1865-?) and Emma Raymer (1864-?), around 1909 he became a minister and moved to Winnipeg, where he was a teacher at the Home of the Friendless Children (1911-1914). He was a Principal (1914-1915) and, from 1915 to 1916, an assistant to Superintendent Laura Crouch at the Seven Oaks School when the facility was given by the West Kildonan School Board to the Home of the Friendless.

He remained with the Home of the Friendless after its departure from Seven Oaks School, continuing in teaching and ministerial capacities until around 1930, when he moved to British Columbia. He was associated with the Holiness Movement, and was the religious head of two Homes of the Friendless in BC. He later served as a Minister of the United Church and, still later, resided at West Summerland.

He died at Campbell River, British Columbia on 18 January 1954 and was buried in the Peach Orchard Cemetery at Summerland, British Columbia.


1901 and 1911 Canada Census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

“Clergyman is ejected,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 February 1937, page 3.

“Says Rev. W. Pike is not connected with Holiness Movement,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 February 1937, page 13.

“Withholds financial records,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 April 1937, page 1.

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

We thank Len Kaminski and Olga Steinke for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 2 April 2017

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