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Memorable Manitobans: Francis James Ison (1896-1992)

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Francis James Ison
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Born at Wolverhampton, England on 3 February 1896, son of James Ratcliffe Ison and Elizabeth Winifred Ryall, he volunteered for service at the beginning of the First World War and served as a member of a machine gun company from the spring of 1915 until the end of the war. After immigrating to Canada, he homesteaded in the Peace River district of Alberta before moving to Winnipeg to attend the University of Manitoba, where he received a bachelor’s degree (1927) and a master’s degree (1933). On 15 August 1929, he was married to Florence Rachel Aldridge (1904-1997) at Winnipeg and they subsequently had five children.

In 1927, he was ordained as a deacon and licensed to serve as Curate-in-Charge of the Parish of Reston and Ewart, and ordained as a priest in St. Matthews’s Cathedral at Brandon in 1928. He served at St. Johns’s Anglican at Reston (1927-1929), St. Matthew’s Anglican at Boissevain (1928-1931), and and St. Mary’s Anglican at Brandon (1932-1934). After serving as Chaplain of Holy Trinity Church in Utrecht, Holland (1934-1935), he returned to Winnipeg and served the parish of St. Thomas Anglican Church (1935-1938) and St. Stephen’s Anglican at Winnipeg (1937-1961), retiring from the latter in May 1961. In retirement, he lived for many years at Sandy Hook, and he was a priest at St. Cyprian’s Anglican at Teulon and assisted at Gimli. He was commissioned as an Honorary Canon of the Cathedral of Saint John in 1978.

He moved to North Vancouver, British Columbia in 1987 and died there on 7 March 1992.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Rev. Ison to celebrate 50th anniversary,” East Kildonan Herald, 16 May 1978.

Death registrations [Francis James Ison, Florence Rachel Ison], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Chris Ryal and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 March 2020

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