Memorable Manitobans: Neil Alexander McLennan (1902-1982)
Born at Lancaster, Ontario on 22 February 1902, son of Alexander Donald McLennan (1867-?) and Anna Belle Meadows (1873-?), he moved with his family to Basswood in 1904. Following teacher training, he worked at Turtle River School (?-?) and Glenholm School (?-?) before joining the Brandon School District as a teacher at New Central School (1925-1927) and Park School (1927-1928), and Principal of Fleming School (1928-1929). He was the Secretary of Boys Work for the Saskatchewan YMCA (1930) at Saskatoon, Principal of Arrow River School (1931-1932), followed by tenure with the Winnipeg YMCA in 1932.
In 1933, he left for the Flin Flon School District, teaching there for over 30 years and Principal for over 20 years. In recognition of his contributions, he received the Canadian Centennial Medal (1967) and the Flin Flon Citizenship Gold Ring for 25 years service. He was President of the Flin Flon Hockey Club, actively involved with the Boy Scouts and received their Silver Acorn and 40 Year Pin, and was a member of the Northminster Memorial United Church at Flin Flon.
He died unmarried at Brandon on 4 June 1982. He was commemorated by the Flin Flon School Division with the Neil A. McLennan Building, 30 Adams Street [since demolished], in Flin Flon.
Birth registrations [John Meadows McLennan], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
“Mrs. Stanley honored by Basswood friends,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 August 1930, page 18.
“Baseball to bridge and hockey to hobbies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 June 1972, New Leisure page 15.
“Scout honors announced,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 March 1976, page 21.
“Flin Flin School Dviision - Tender [...],” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 June 2003, page G2.
Obituary, Brandon Sun, 7 June 1982, page 18.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 29 May 2021