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Memorable Manitobans: Sydney Crookes (1899-1986)


Born at Winnipeg on 17 May 1899, the son of William Henry Crook (1866-1925) and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Twamley (1865-?), he was Principal of Glenwood School (1938-1940), Superintendent of the Glenlawn School District (1941-1943), and served as President (1937) of the Suburban Teachers local of the Manitoba Teachers’ Federation. He married three times, first to Ethel Sophia Gibbs (1900-1956) on 15 July 1922 at the Rural Municipality of St. Andrews, later re-marrying to Amelia Ann Minton (1899-1979), and after her passing, lastly to Betsy Crookes. He had two children: Marion Elizabeth “Betty” Crookes (wife of John Cameron “Jack” Knowles) and Bernard Crookes. He later moved to British Columbia, where he served as Supervising Principal within the Fernie School District No. 1. He died at Victoria on 2 May 1986.


Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

“D. B. Moorhead elected head of Teachers’ Assn.,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 November 1933, page 7.

“Crookes elected head of suburban teachers’ local,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 March 1937, page 34.

“Society,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 June 1938, page 10.

“Schools receive safety patrol belts,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 November 1938, page 22.

“Glenwood School staff hold dinner as honor for Mrs. J. H. Peadon,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 February 1940, page 8.

“In the realm of sport,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 February 1942, page 16.

“Schultz tells of survey,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 March 1943, page 2.

“PO Bernard Crookes,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 October 1943, page 5.

“Knowles-Crookes bridal ceremony held at Fernie,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 August 1953, page 17.

“School District No.1,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 July 1957, page 23.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 May 1986, page 34.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 15 June 2014

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