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Memorable Manitobans: Philip F. Pocock (1906-1984)


Born at St. Thomas, Ontario on 2 July 1906, he was appointed as Apostolic Administrator of Winnipeg and named Coadjutor Archibishop of Winnipeg on 16 June 1951, before succeeding to the See of Winnipeg on 14 January 1952. From 1956 to 1958, Pocock was President of the Canadian Catholic Conference. He was given an honorary doctorate by the University of Manitoba (1958) and was inducted into the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt (1962). He left Winnipeg on 30 March 1961 when he was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Toronto. He served in the position from 1961 to 1971, when he received full powers as Archbishop. Retiring in 1978, he took up residence at St. Mary's Parish in Brampton, Ontario where he died on 6 September 1984, during the visit to Toronto of Pope John Paul II.  He was interred in Holy Cross Cemetery at Thornhill, Ontario.


We thank Jane Coyne (Archivist, Archdiocese of Winnipeg) for providing a biography of Archbishop Pocock and Dr. Peter Meehan (St. Augustine's Seminary, University of Toronto) for additional information.

This page was prepared by Kris Keen.

Page revised: 19 November 2020

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