Historic Sites of Manitoba: Headingley Gaol Cemetery (RM of St. Francois Xavier)

This small cemetery in the Rural Municipality of St. Francois Xavier is situated on the south side of the Trans-Canada Highway #1. Surrounded by farm fields and a chain-link fence, it is accessible via the first dirt road east of the Principal Meridian cairn. It contains the remains of executed inmates from the nearby Headingley Gaol whose bodies were not claimed by family. Once located nearer the Assiniboine River, the graves were moved due to erosion of the river banks. Small markers in the ground, showing the names of inmates and their dates of death, are listed below. A white cross in the centre of the cemetery has a quotation from the bible: “You are my dearest son, the child I love best. / Whenever I threaten to punish, / I still think of you with love. / My heart goes out to you; / I will be merciful.” (Jeremiah 31:20)

Headingley Gaol Cemetery

Headingley Gaol Cemetery (October 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.87233, W97.45644
denoted by symbol on the map above

Cemetery Burials


Birth Date

Death Date

Hanged for murder of

Camille Allarie


9 May 1950

Mr. and Mrs. William Delbridge at Poplar Point

Andrew Bodz


3 February 1932

His wife Mary Bodz near Pine River

George D. Jayhan


12 February 1935

St. Boniface police officer John Verne

William Kanuka


16 February 1939

Anna Cottick at Gilbert Plains

Peter Kidala


27 January 1938

Mike Rurak at Boulton

Julian Komarnicki


21 May 1934

Gilbert McQuade at Barrows Junction

Peter Korzenowski


16 February 1939

Anna Cottick at Gilbert Plains

William Lusanko


9 May 1950

Dora Sadova at Winnipeg

Andrew Orichowsky


22 May 1934

His wife at Meleb

John Pawluk


21 August 1936

His wife at St. Clements

Peter Piniak


1 September 1933

Martha Squarok at Whytewold

Dan Prytula


16 February 1939

Anna Cottick at Gilbert Plains

Clarence Richardson


5 November 1948

Ann Varty at Winnipeg

Walter S. Stoney


17 January 1951

Martha Perreault at Winnipeg

Joseph Verhoski


2 February 1932

Peter Demschyzn at Winnipegosis

Nick Zhiha


8 May 1941

Tony Topolnicki at Gardenton

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Headingley Gaol (RM of Headingley)


“Winnipegosis man goes to trial for life,” Winnipeg Tribune, 7 July 1931, page 3.

“Bodz captured and is held on murder charge,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 July 1931, page 3.

“Jos. Verhoski sentenced to hang on Feb. 2,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 December 1931, page 1.

“James M’Grath to die on scaffold today,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 February 1932, page 1.

“Peter Piniak to pay penalty for killing, Friday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 August 1933, page 10.

“Two slayers at Headingly have few days to live,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 May 1934, page 3.

“Jayhan will hang Tuesday at Headingly,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 February 1935, page 3.

“Pawluk to hang on Friday morning,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 August 1936, page 2.

“Triple execution early Thursday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 February 1939, page 5.

“Zhiha dies on gallows at Headingly,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 May 1941, page 1.

“Mrs. Richardson, 29, dies suddenly,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 June 1948, page 1.

“Inquest slated for Thursday in farm deaths,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 September 1949, page 15.

“Only last-minute stay could save Stoney’s life,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 January 1951, page 3.

Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Canada Death Penalty Index.

This page was prepared by Leslie Tsai and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 August 2020

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