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Memorable Manitobans: Alfred Blakely Gillespie (1870-1939)


Born at Darkley, Ireland on 9 August 1870, he came to Manitoba around 1914 and taught school at various places. He served successively as Principal of King George V School (1916-1918), Tache School (1918-1923), Ninga School (1925-1926), Gimli School (1926-1929), and Westbourne School (1929-1931). He retired in 1936. He and wife Mary Hutton (?-1934) had two sons and three daughters. He was a member of Norwood United Church and the AF & AM (Norwood Lodge). He died at St. Boniface on 2 June 1939 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.


“Teachers’ trouble at St. Boniface,” Manitoba Free Press, 25 August 1916, page 4.

“Resignation may lead to St. Boniface vote,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 September 1923, page 7.

“Teachers are reinstated,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 August 1924, page 5.

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

“Mrs. Mary Gillespie, active church worker succumbs on Monday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 September 1934, page 6.

“Deaths and funerals,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 June 1939, page 22.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 July 2019

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