Memorable Manitobans: Harry Coppinger (1888-1975)
Physician and surgeon.
Born at Morden on 12 March 1888, son of Thomas Seymour Coppinger and Elizabeth Steele (1865-1903), he was educated at Morden Public and High Schools and the Manitoba Medical College. In February 1915, he enlisted the Canadian Expeditionary Force (Canadian Army Medical Corps) and went overseas with the first reinforcements in April 1915. He was attached to the No. 2 Canadian General Hospital at Le Treport.
He returned to Canada and finished his medical training at the University of Manitoba. He then re-enlisted and was commissioned a Captain, serving overseas with the Medical Boards (ADMS Office) at Shorncliffe. He was later at DGMS, London, until the end of the war. He returned to Canada and was attached to Winnipeg General Hospital for four months. In 1920, he moved to Roblin where he practiced medicine, was a provincial coroner, and Medical Health Officer for the Town of Roblin and the Rural Municipality of Shell River until 1928.
He returned to Winnipeg where he was Assistant Superintendent (1928-1940) and Superintendent (1940-1956) of the Winnipeg General Hospital until retirement in 1956.
In 1920, he married Florence Gardiner Stidston (c1887-1974). They had one son, John R. Coppinger. He was a member of the Masons and was an active curler.
He died at Winnipeg on 4 January 1975 and was buried in the Thomson in the Park Cemetery.
Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.
“Evacuation of Nelson” by Howard Winkler, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 May 1953, page 25.
Obituary [Florence Gardiner Coppinger], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 January 1974, page 29.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 January 1975, page 55.
We thank Darryl Toews for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 29 March 2022