Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 143 years


Memorable Manitobans: John Dean Finlay (1906-2001)

Educator.

Born at Owen Sound, Ontario on 18 April 1906, son of John Anson Finlay (1873-?) and Emeline Shouldice (1880-?), he moved to Medora as a child. After attending Normal School, he began a teaching career at Haywood School. Later moving to Winnipeg, he was Vice-Principal of Glenwood School in the mid-1930s, Vice-Principal and later Principal (1938-1971) of Windsor School and Fernwood School in St. Vital and, briefly, Principal of Varennes School until retirement in 1971.

On 1 July 1917, he married fellow St. Vital teacher Marion Ballard (1910-1984) at the Log Cabin Inn in East Kildonan and had three children, all of whom later went into teaching. He was a Life Member of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society, Windsor Community Club, Teachers Curling Club, and Principals and Assistant Principals Association of St. Vital. He was a member of the Masons (Three Pillars Lodge), serving as its Treasurer for over 20 years, and was a member of Regents Park United Church. He was a founder of the Windsor Community Club.

He died at Winnipeg on 1 August 2001. He is commemorated by Dean Finlay Park in Winnipeg and the gymnasium in Windsor School.

Sources:

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Finlay-Ballard,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 July 1937, page 9.

“School principal retiring after 33 years service,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 May 1971, page 65.

Obituary [Marion Finlay], Winnipeg Free Press, 16 January 1984, page 27.

“A park to call his own,” Winnipeg Free Press South Community Review, 22 October 1997, page 1.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 August 2001.

Anderson family tree, Ancestry.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 20 April 2022

Memorable Manitobans

Memorable Manitobans

This is a collection of noteworthy Manitobans from the past, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society. We acknowledge that the collection contains both reputable and disreputable people. All are worth remembering as a lesson to future generations.

Search the collection by word or phrase, name, place, occupation or other text:

Custom Search

Browse surnames beginning with:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z

Browse deaths occurring in:
1989 | 1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021 | 2022 | 2023


Send corrections and additions to this page
to the Memorable Manitobans Administrator at biographies@mhs.mb.ca

Criteria for Memorable Manitobans | Suggest a Memorable Manitoban | Firsts | Acknowledgements

Help us keep
history alive!

MHS YouTube Channel

Back to top of page

For queries on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations

© 1998-2022 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.