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Memorable Manitobans: Archibald Cameron McMurchy (1900-1982)

Educator.

Born at Arden on 1 June 1900, third child of Elizabeth “Lizzie” Connell (1874-1957) and lumber merchant John McMurchy (1864-1938), he was educated at Arden School, Regina, Brandon Normal School, and Winnipeg Normal School. He taught in urban and rural schools around Manitoba and Saskatchewan, including Edington School (1919-1920). Later, by attending summer school, he was able to obtain BA, BEd, and MEd degrees. He was Principal of Pinkham School (1946-1951), Machray School (1951-1955), General Wolfe School (1955-1956), and Daniel McIntyre Collegiate (1956-1965), retiring in 1965.

In 1925, he married Bertha Irene Walker (?-1965) of Govan, Saskatchewan. Their only child, a son, died in 1937. During the Second World War, he attended COTC and served on the staff of Medical District 10 at Winnipeg, retiring with the rank of Captain and returning to teaching. He was a member of St. Andrews Oak Street United Church. He retired to Kelowna, British Columbia in 1968.

He died at Winnipeg on 21 November 1982 and was buried in Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 November 1982, page 46.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 May 2017

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