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Memorable Manitobans: Jacob Truthwaite Norquay (1884-1976)


Born at St. Andrews on 13 May 1884, son of Thomas Norquay and Elizabeth Miller, he was educated at the local parish school at St. Andrews and, in 1902, began a long teaching career at Clandeboye. He was a teacher at Donald School (1903-1905), Norwood School, Whytewold Beach School, and the Ruthenian Training School at Brandon (1909-1915), and served as the Principal of St. Andrews School (1927-1928), Balmoral School (1928-1931), Westbourne School (1931-1936), Rathwell School (1936-1939), Vermette School (1939-1940), and Newdale School (1945-1947). He later moved to Winnipeg where he continued to teach until just before his 80th birthday. He taught at Balmoral Hall from 1957 to 1961.

He enlisted in the 99th Manitoba Rangers in 1910 and in the 79th Battalion in 1915, serving with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in England, France and Belgium during the First World War. During the Second World War he was a foreman in a munitions plant, from 1941 to 1945. He married Ethel Scott of St. Andrews. They had two children: John Scott Norquay (b 1920) and Eileen Clare Norquay. He was a member of the IOOF, the Loyal Orange Lodge, St. Matthews Anglican Church (Brandon), Manitoba Teachers’ Society, Mentors Club, and the Lord Selkirk Society.

He died at Winnipeg on 28 August 1976.


The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 August 1976, page 24.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 October 2016

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