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Memorable Manitobans: John Maxwell “Jack” McGilvray (1908-1977)


Born at Binscarth around 1908, son of David W. McGilvray and Florence Broadwood, he completed his education at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate in Winnipeg. He attended the Central Normal School then taught at Balmerino School and Arden School. He was the Principal of Elphinstone School (1934-1936), Beulah School (1936-1940), and Gladstone School (1940-1941). In 1942, he became Assistant Principal of Neepawa Collegiate, serving until 1946 when he became an insurance agent. In 1950, he went into partnership with Nelson Shoemaker in the Shoemaker-McGilvray Agency that dealt in real estate, insurance, and travel. He retired in 1970. Active in the community, he was Adjutant of the Neepawa Air Cadets (1942-1945), Chairman of the Neepawa School Board (1949-1955), and Secretary and Sunday School Superintendent of the Neepawa United Church. He died at Neepawa on 19 September 1977 and was buried in Neepawa Riverside Cemetery.


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

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 October 1977, page 36.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 March 2015

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