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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Cooper Iliffe (1866-1937)


Born at Market Harborough, Leicestershire, England on 29 March 1866, he began teaching at the age of 16. He and his wife Edith Sarah Iliffe (1869-1949) had one son, George Douglas Iliffe, and moved to Canada in 1907. They settled in Manitoba where he was Principal (c1907) of St. James School in the St. James School District, followed with terms as Principal of Elm Creek School (1908-1910) and Wawanesa School (1912-1913). They then moved to Winnipeg where he was long-serving teacher (1914-1937) at St. John’s College. He died at his Winnipeg residence, 232 Inkster Boulevard, on 23 March 1937 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.


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

Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Joseph C. Iliffe, educationist, dies in his 71st year,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 March 1937, page 5.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 24 March 1937, page 21.

Death notice, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 March 1937, page 20.

“Mrs. J. C. Iliffe, Anglican leader, dies in hospital,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 October 1949, page 3.

“Mrs. J. C. Iliffe dies here at 84 years,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 October 1949, page 20.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 18 February 2017

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