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Memorable Manitobans: Daniel Francis Coyle (1875-1940)

Railway executive.

Born at Stayner, Ontario, he arrived in Winnipeg in 1881 and was educated in the Catholic separate schools. He joined the staff of the general superintendent for the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1892 and served as secretary to William Whyte from 1896 to 1901. He then became assistant to R. J. Mackenzie of Mackenzie Mann and Company, in charge of construction of the Canadian Northern Railway west of the Great Lakes. In 1917 he was named industrial commissioner in charge of the resources department for the CPR. That same year he joined the former Home Bank of Canada and was superintendent for western province for many years. Near the end of his life, he formed his own company, Dominion Equipment and Supply Company.

In 1906 he married Jeanette Farrell. They had five sons: Francis Daniel, Eugene, Joseph, Howard, and William. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Manitoba Club.

He died at Winnipeg on 20 January 1940 and was buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Sources:

“Daniel F. Coyle Is Dead At 65”, Winnipeg Tribune, 22 January 1940. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Page revised: 26 April 2009

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