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Memorable Manitobans: John Sinclair “Clare” Nelin (1911-1953)


Born at Boissevain on 12 January 1911, son of John Henry Nelin and Flora Marion Smith, he became a teacher. He taught at Moore Park School and Mather School (1939), and was the Principal of Wawanesa School (1941-1942) before moving to Winnipeg where he taught at General Wolfe School for ten years and, for the year prior to his death, was Principal of the Kelvin Evening School. For several years he taught English to new Canadians at Daniel McIntyre Evening School. He died suddenly at his Winnipeg home, 1034 Clifton Street, on 26 February 1953 and was buried in the St. James Cemetery. He was survived by his wife Ellen Frances Downey (1920-2007), four sons, and a daughter.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Local teacher dies, taught new Canadians,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 February 1953, page 34.

Obituary [Ellen Frances Nelin], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 March 2007, page 29.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 April 2015

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