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Memorable Manitobans: Verne Henry Essery (1887-1973)


Born at Centralia, Ontario on 16 July 1887, he graduated from the University of Manitoba then began a life-long teaching career in 1907, teaching at Harding School (1914). During the First World War, he served with the Strathcona Horse then transferred to the Intelligence Department.

He was Principal of Salisbury School (1919-1921) then taught mathematics at Kelvin High School (1921-1937) and was Director of Athletics and Boys’ Sports. He was then Principal of Margaret Scott School (1937-1941), Strathcona School (1941-1952), and Centennial School in West Kildonan (1954-1960). In recognition of his exemplary community service, he received a Centennial Medal from the Manitoba Historical Society in 1970.

He died at Winnipeg on 16 December 1973 and was buried in Brookside Cemetery.


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

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 December 1973, page 35.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 December 2014

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