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Memorable Manitobans: Guy William John Costley (1924-1988)


Born at Oak Lake in 1924, eldest son of Robert Eugene Costley (1896-1978) and Irene Hope Olive (1900-1980), he attended Oakwood School and graduated from the University of Manitoba (BA, 1948) and entered the field of education. He served as the Principal of Brookdale School (1951-1952), Newdale School (1952-1954), and taught (1954-1968) and was Vice-Principal (1959-1970) at Harold Edwards School. On 12 April 1952, he married Harriet Elizabeth McQuarrie (?-2010) at Brookdale United Church and they had two sons. He died at Portage la Prairie on 8 August 1988 and was buried in the Portage Hillside Cemetery.


Marriage registration [Robert Eugene Costley & Irene Hope Olive], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1926 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

“Four scholarship winners at Oak Lake,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 November 1940, page 6.

“Oakwood Memorial Scholarship awards,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 November 1942, page 2.

“Arts has largest number of graduates,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 May 1948, page 6.

“Newlyweds on trip south,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 April 1952, page 18.

Obituary [Robert Eugene Costley], Brandon Sun, 24 August 1978, page 14.

Obituary [Irene Hope Costley], Brandon Sun, 4 January 1980, page 12.

Portage la Prairie estate file (ATG 0064A), PR88-03-00114 - Guy William John Costley, GR5344, Archives of Manitoba.

Portage la Prairie estate file (ATG 0064A), PR10-03-00654 - Harriet E. Costley], Archives of Manitoba.

Hillside Cemetery burial transcriptions, FindAGrave.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Gordon Goldsborough for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 15 March 2020

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