Memorable Manitobans: Henry Charles “Harry” Avery (1883-1945)
Born at Winnipeg on 13 November 1883, son of British immigrants Henry C. Avery and Fannie Young, as a child he attended Norquay School and Aberdeen School.
He was employed with the Canadian Pacific Railway. Active in municipal affairs, he served as a Trustee on the West Kildonan School Board for 25 years, and served also as its Chairman, and was a former President of the Suburban School Trustees Association. He encouraged closer cooperation between home, community, and school, and took a keen interest in student athletics, especially baseball and football. He was also a member of the West Kildonan municipal council.
On 17 September 1907, he married Sarah Graham Smyth (c1882-1969) at Winnipeg. They had seven children: Alice Margaret Avery (1908-1909), Henry Charles Avery, Francis Agnes Avery Peeler (1911-1995), Thomas Wesley Avery (1913-?), Allan Avery, Herbert William Avery (1915-1987), and Florence Irene Avery Parbery (1921-2003). He was a long-time member of the West Kildonan Curling Club.
He died at his West Kildonan home, 310 Forest Avenue, on 21 January 1945 and was buried in Old Kildonan Cemetery. He is commemorated by H. C. Avery Middle School in Winnipeg.
Birth, marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Henry C. Avery dies after lengthy illness,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 January 1945, page 4.
“Henry C. Avery,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 January 1945, page 4.
Obituary [Sara Graham Avery], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 July 1969, page 32.
Obituary [Herbert William Avery], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 April 1987, page 38.
Obituary [Francis Agnes Peeler], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 September 1996, page C6.
Obituary [Florence Irene Parbery], Winnipeg Free Press, 23 August 2003, page C13.
We thank Joy Smith for providing information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 11 November 2022