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Memorable Manitobans: Ernest Hutchison “Ernie” Moncrieff (1909-2000)

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Born in 1909, son of Hugh Glen Moncrieff (?-1941) and Belle Hutchison (?-?), his life revolved around aviation. A bush pilot in the 1930s, he became a flying instructor in the Royal Canadian Air Force at the outbreak of the Second World War, rising to the rank of Group Captain, and serving in 1942 as Commanding Officer of the Service Flying Training School No. 12. In 1945, he was made an Officer in the Order of the British Empire. After the war, together with George H. Sellers and C. Gordon Smith, he founded Standard Aero Engine Limited, of which he was President for 25 years. On 18 May 1935, he married Anne Isobel “Nancy” Montague (1911-2001), daughter of J. P. Montague. They had three sons: Hugh Glen Montague Moncrieff (1936-2014), Murray Moncrieff, and Colin Moncrieff. He was a member of the St. Charles Country Club, Manitoba Club (Honorary Life Member), and Lakewood Country Club. He died at Winnipeg on 31 March 2000.

Brother-in-law of Edward A. Sellers.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 April 2000.

Obituary [A. I. Moncrieff], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 May 2001, page 55.

Obituary [Hugh Glen Montague Moncrieff], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 February 2014.

We thank Nathan Kramer and James Arnett for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 September 2019

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