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Memorable Manitobans: Henry Charles “Charlie” Avery (1909-1992)

Educator, municipal official.

Born at Winnipeg on 17 December 1909, son of H. C. Avery and Sarah Graham Avery (c1882-1969). He attended United College, specialized in math and science, and began teaching in 1932. He taught at several rural school districts, as well as Fort Garry, Lord Roberts School (1944-1946), Isaac Newton School (1946-1951), Kelvin High School (1953-1954), Technical Vocational High School (1954-1961), and Daniel McIntyre Collegiate (1963-1973). He was a City of Winnipeg Alderman (1959-1960), after which he moved to Baden Baden, Germany and taught school at the No. 4 Wing of the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1961 to 1963. He had construction business interests, was a Kinsmen Club member, and a Liberal Party candidate for federal office. His hobbies included curling, fishing, football, and hockey. In 1983, he retired and moved to Victoria, British Columbia, spending winters in Chapala, Mexico. On 17 January 1931, he married Isobel Grace McLaren (1912-1992) at Winnipeg, with whom he had three children. The family had a summer cabin in Lake of the Woods. He died at Victoria, British Columbia on 11 May 1992.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Ward 1: CEC supporting both incumbents,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 October 1958, page 42.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 May 1992, page C44.

Obituary [Isobel Avery], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 August 1992, page C40.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 10 April 2020

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