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Memorable Manitobans: Norman Herbert Neill (1875-1956)


Born at Bowmanville, Ontario on 8 September 1875, son of Joseph and Kate Neill, he came to Winnipeg in 1902 as an optician in the firm of Birks-Dingwall. In 1910 he opened his own optometry office which he operated until his death. In 1920 he served as President of the Manitoba Association of Optometrists. On 1 January 1904, he was married to Clara W. Rowley, in Elgin County, Ontario. They had one daughter. He died at his Winnipeg home, 55 Cornish Avenue, on 19 April 1956 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


Ontario birth and marriage registrations, Ancestry.

“City Optometrist N. H. Neill Dies, 80” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 April 1956, page 7.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 April 2009

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