Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Celestin McGreevy (1884-1959)
Real estate agent and builder.
Born at Stayner, Ontario on 19 March 1884, son of Edward and Abigail McGreevy, he was educated at Ontario public and high schools. He worked as a builder and contractor at Sault Ste. Marie from 1901 until coming to Winnipeg in 1904 where he engaged in the building and real estate business in the firm J. C. McGreevy and Company with offices in the Alexander Block. He was also a director of the Kenmore Building Company and Trustees Building Limited. He retired from business in 1954.
On 26 January 1915, he married Alma Madeleine Bernhart (1892-1982) at Winnipeg and they had three sons: George Edward McGreevy (1916-1991), Joseph Bernhart “Bernie” McGreevy (1917-2003), and Rev. Maurice McGreevy (1918-1986). He was a member of the Builders Exchange, Carleton Club, Conservative party, Roman Catholic church, and Knights of Columbus.
He died suddenly at Winnipeg on 17 June 1959 and was buried in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Some of his construction works in Manitoba included:
Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, 1911. C. W. Parker, editor. Canadian Press Association, Vancouver.
Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 June 1959, pages 12, 35.
Obituary [Alma McGreevy], Winnipeg Free Press, 23 January 1982, page 46.
Obituary [Maurice McGreevy], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 August 1986, page 45.
Obituary [George Edward McGreevy], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 June 1991, page 44.
Obituary [Joseph Bernhart McGreevy], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 June 2003.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 1 July 2022