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Memorable Manitobans: Clifford “Cliff” Cornish (1880-1944)

Educator.

Born at North Field, England in 1880, he came to Manitoba in 1907 and taught at Middlechurch and Elm Creek School (1907-1909). In September 1909, he moved to Winnipeg where he taught mathematics and Latin at St. John’s High School until 1919. At that time, he took a leave of absence for three years, during which time he taught in British Columbia. He returned to St. John’s in September 1922, staying there until 1925, when he was appointed Principal of Faraday School.

He and wife Mary Shortel (1876-?) had three children: Jeoffrey Cornish (?-?), Naomi Hilda Cornish (1911-?), and James Hughes Cornish (1912-?). He served as President of the St. John's Curling Club (1936-1937). The family resided at 422 Langside Street at the time of his death.

He suffered a fatal heart attack at Faraday School on 3 April 1944 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth registration [Naomi Hilda Cornish, James Hughes Cornish], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“C. Cornish, Faraday principal, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 April 1944, page 3.

“C. Cornish, principal, dies suddenly,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 April 1944, page 3.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 4 April 1944, page 19.

“Student body to attend Cornish rites,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 April 1944, page 42.

Winnipeg School Days, 1871-1950 by W. G. Pearce, Winnipeg School Division, Education Resource Centre.

We thank Nathan Kramer and Rick Mutton for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 April 2022

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