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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Orton Durnin (1889-1964)


Born at Crewe, Ontario on 3 December 1889, son of William E. Durnin, he was educated at Wesley College and the University of Manitoba prior to teaching school in Saskatchewan. During the First World War, he served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. On his return from military service, he was Principal of Virden School (1918-1920), Deloraine School (1920-1924), and Rivers School (1924-1925). In 1925, he moved to the St. John’s Technical High School where he worked until retirement in 1955. On 24 April 1919, he married Alice Jean Howard Reading at Winnipeg. They had two daughters, Jean Durnin and Betty Durnin. He died at his Winnipeg home, 428 Kingston Crescent, on 15 December 1964 and was buried in Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.


Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

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

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 December 1964, page 34.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 March 2013

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