Memorable Manitobans: Henry Charles “Charlie” Avery (1909-1992)
Educator, municipal official.
Born at Winnipeg on 17 December 1909, son of Henry Charles 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, including Virden School (1936-1937), as well as 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 Assistant Principal in Fort Garry (1937-1941).
He had construction business interests and was a Liberal Party candidate for the Winnipeg South constituency in the 1958 federal general election. He was a City of Winnipeg Alderman (1959-1960). In 1960, he moved to Baden Baden, Germany and taught school at the No. 4 Wing of the Royal Canadian Air Force until 1963.
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. His hobbies included curling, fishing, football, and hockey, and he was a member of the Kinsmen Club. In 1983, he retired and moved to Victoria, British Columbia, spending winters in Chapala, Mexico.
He died at Victoria, British Columbia on 11 May 1992.
Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Plan higher grades in General Byng School, Fort Garry,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 July 1937, page 4.
“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.
We thank Gordon Goldsborough for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 23 January 2022