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Memorable Manitobans: David Gavin Paton (1892-1990)


Born at Revelstoke, British Columbia on 1 December 1892, son of Reverend Thomas Paton (1848-?) and Isabella Paterson (1853-?), he moved to Ontario with the family between 1901 and 1911, and married Clara Cryster Smith (1892-1992) at Lincoln on 26 February 1919. The couple had at least one child. He became an ordained Presbyterian minister and resided at Teeswater, Ontario before moving to Winnipeg as Minister of King Memorial United Church (1930-1942), after which returned to Ontario as Minister of Chalmers United Church (1942-?) at Guelph. He died on 8 February 1990 and was buried at Victoria Lawn Cemetery at St. Catharines.


Birth and baptism registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

Ontario marriage registrations, Ancestry.

“Induction service arranged for King Memorial Pastor,” Manitoba Free Press, 12 April 1930, page 11.

“Rev. P. T. Pilkey,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 June 1942, page 15.

“Rev. D. G. Paton at King Memorial,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 October 1946, page 7.

“Anniversaries [Jessie and Cervin Van Engel],” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 October 1981, page 42.

Canadian Headstones, Victoria Lawn Cemetery, Ontario Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 13 October 2017

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