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Memorable Manitobans: John Hazelett Duffy (1878-1942)


Born in Ireland in 1878, he came to Canada in 1910 and was the Principal of Shoal Lake School (1912-1913), Laurier School (1920-1923), Oak River School (1923-1925), Kelwood School (1925-1929), Crandall School (1929-1930), Teulon School (1931-1932), and Rutherglen School (1932-1934). In 1935, he returned to Kelwood to operate a store, serving as Secretary-Treasurer of the Kelwood School District, Rector of the Kelwood Anglican Church, Superintendent of the Kelwood Anglican Sunday School, President of the Kelwood Red Cross Society, and President of the Kelwood Legion. He was a candidate in the 1936 provincial general election and the 1940 federal general election but was defeated both times. He and wife Mary Greenhow (1886-1988) had three children: Eileen Muriel Duffy (b 1917), Mervyn Duffy (b 1919), and Moira Duffy (b ?). He died at Ste. Rose on 8 June 1942 and was buried in the Kelwood Cemetery.


Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 June 2018

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