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Memorable Manitobans: Cecil Crawford Cox (1930-2020)


Born on a farm near Minitonas on 8 February 1930, son of James Archibald “Archie” Cox (c1896-1987) and Caroline Gourlay (c1903-1977), he attended North’s Creek School and completed his secondary education by correspondence. He taught on permit at a rural one-room school then attended Normal School, graduating in 1950. He continued teaching at Avonlea School (1953-1954), North’s Creek School (1960), Shoal Lake School (three years), and Minnedosa (three years) before going to the University of Manitoba to obtain a BSc degree. After graduation, he taught at Carberry Collegiate until 1964 when he became the Principal of Neepawa Collegiate. In 1968, he became Superintendent of the Beautiful Plains School Division, remaining in the position until retirement in 1989. He served on the Neepawa town council (six years) and was Treasurer of the Neepawa and District Disabled Persons Association (26 years). On 22 December 1962, he married Sharon Annette Barlow and they had three children. He died at Neepawa on 31 January 2020 and was buried in the Neepawa Riverside Cemetery.


“Nine rural students win scholarships,” Winnipeg Tribune, 31 August 1946, page 11.

“Cox - Barlow,” Brandon Sun, 31 December 1962, page 5.

Obituary [Caroline Cox], Winnipeg Free Press, 12 April 1977, page 34.

Obituary [James Archibald Cox], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 March 1987, page 41.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 February 2020.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 February 2020

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