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Memorable Manitobans: John Francis Goodwin (1885-1975)


Born on a farm near Oak Lake on 23 December 1885, son of Alexander Goodwin (1851-1916) and Amelia Skuce (1854-1933), he was attending Manitoba College at the time of his 1917 enlistment in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during the First World War. Returning from military duty, he taught school and was Principal of Holland School (1920-1921), Shoal Lake School (1926-1931), and Gladstone School (1953-1956). Moving to Winnipeg, he taught at St. James Collegiate for many years. On 19 July 1927, he married Mabel Helen Mogk (1887-1980) and they had a son, Keith Goodwin (c1934-1961). He died at the Health Sciences Centre on 4 May 1975 and was buried in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

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

“Three from city killed in crash,” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 March 1961, page 50.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 May 1975, page 34.

Obituary [Mabel Helen Goodwin], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 February 1980, page 34.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 January 2019

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