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Memorable Manitobans: John W. Matheson (1864-1947)


Born at Kildonan in 1864, nephew of S. P. Matheson, he was educated at St. John’s School and College, graduating in theology in 1899. He was ordained later that year and was Rector of St. Andrew’s from 1891 to 1894, later Rector at Souris and Boissevain. On leaving the latter place in 1905, he came to Winnipeg as a lecturer at St. John’s College. In 1910 he was appointed Canon, and later Dean, of St. John’s Cathedral serving to 1934. He died at his Winnipeg home, 172 Church Avenue, on 17 August 1947 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.

Father of Kathleen M. M. Tomkins.


“Dean Matheson dies Sunday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 August 1947, page 7.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 March 2017

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