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Memorable Manitobans: Charles Richard Sayer (1866-1953)


Born at Woolwich, England on 3 March 1866, son of Charles and Maria Sayer, he was educated at Hamilton, Ontario and began working for the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) at Toronto in 1888. He served at Toronto, Niagara Falls, New York, London (Ontario) then became a travelling “Y” secretary for Ontario and Quebec. He transferred to western Canada in 1906, serving until 1913 when he left “Y” work and, after a few months, was Secretary of the Baptist Union of Western Canada until the fall of 1918. He came to Winnipeg as General Secretary of the YMCA. On 26 June 1889, he married Mary Emily Dryland (?-1944) and they had four children: Charles Gordon Sayer (1891-1892), Irene Muriel Sayer (1892-1929), Charles Melville Sayer, and Margaret Aenid Sayer (1903-1904). He was a member of Rotary Club and the Canadian Club of Winnipeg. He served on the Boards of the Central Council of Social Agencies and Brandon College. He died on 19 October 1953 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Birth registration, Archives of Ontario.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“Muriel Sayer, active social worker, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 2 July 1929, page 7.

“Mrs. C. R. Sayer Dies At Home,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 June 1944, page 20.

“Mr. C. R. Sayer,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 October 1953, page 21.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Darryl Toews.

Page revised: 8 December 2018

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