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Memorable Manitobans: Percival Henry “Percy” Ford (1911-1971)

Educator, civil servant.

Born at Arden on 22 July 1911, son of Samuel Ford and Emma Hancock, he taught school starting in 1933 and served as the Principal of Ross School (1938-1940) and Napinka School (1940-1942). In 1942, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a navigation instructor and rose to the rank of Flight Lieutenant. Following his military discharge, he entered the University of Manitoba and received a BSc in Agriculture degree. From 1948, he worked with the Manitoba Department of Agriculture, first as Provincial Agronomist then, in 1954, as Assistant Director of the Soils and Crops Branch. From 1960 to his death, he was Managing Director of the Manitoba Crop Insurance Corporation. He served as a Director of the Manitoba Seed Growers’ Association and Canadian Seed Growers’ Association, and President of the Manitoba Institute of Agrologists. He was a member of Riverview United Church and the Fort Garry Masonic Lodge. He died at the Deer Lodge Hospital on 11 June 1971 and was buried in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Sources:

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 June 1971, page 14.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 October 2014

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