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Memorable Manitobans: William John McCormick (1853-1930)

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Born at Ottawa, Upper Canada [now Ontario] on 30 January 1853, he began to preach at the age of 22 in Ontario and later at Waterville, New York. He came to western Canada around 1895. He was located successively at Baptist churches in Qu'Appelle [North West Territories], Manitou, Neepawa, Minnedosa, St. James, and Stonewall. At one time, he was also the pastor of the Negro Baptist Church at Winnipeg. In May 1874, he married Mary Janes Jones (1854-1942) and they had four children: Alice A. McCormick (1882-1975), George McCormick (?-?), Edwin McCormick (?-?), and Walter McCormick (?-?). He died at his Winnipeg home, 327 Victor Street, on 27 May 1930 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Sources:

Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Rev. W. J. M’Cormick, veteran pastor, dies,” Manitoba Free Press, 28 May 1930, page 5.

“Pioneer pastor of west passes at age of 77,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 May 1930, page 11.

Obituary [Mrs. Mary J. McCormick], Winnipeg Tribune, 28 October 1942, page 21.

Obituary [Alice Anabell McCormick], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 June 1975, page 37.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 April 2020

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