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Memorable Manitobans: George Frederick Coombes (1856-1922)

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George Frederick Coombes
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Cleric, educator.

Born at Stockport, England on 7 March 1856, son of Reverend Jeremiah Coombes and Harriet Coombes, he was educated at Manchester School and Cambridge University. He came to Canada where, as of 1911, he was Dean of St. John’s Cathedral and Professor of St. John’s College. In 1885, he married Mary Elizabeth Eagles (1857-1944) of Rushall, England and they had three sons and one daughter. He was a member of the Manitoba Club and his recreations included lawn tennis and chess. He died at Santa Monica, California on 22 September 1922.


Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

“Dean Coombes, veteran cleric, dies in south,” Winnipeg Tribune, 22 September 1922, page 1.

“Dean Coombes is dead at Santa Monica, Cal.,” newspaper clipping. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 September 2020

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