Memorable Manitobans: George Joseph Reeve (1886-1968)
Born at Leicestershire, England in 1886, he graduated from Oxford University, with an honours degree in modern history before coming to Winnipeg in 1912.
He taught at St. John’s College (1912-1913), St. John’s High School (1913-1914), and Kelvin High School (1914-1915) then returned to St. John’s where he remained for most of his career, including a 26-year stint as Principal (1925-1952), after which he was at John Black School (1953-1954) and Red River School (1954-1955). He wrote a textbook on Canadian history for use in schools: Canada: Its History and Progress, 1000-1925 (1926).
In 1951, he wrote Canadian Pageant in collaboration with Ronald Oliver MacFarlane. He was a member of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society, Winnipeg Schoolmasters’ Club, Granite Curling Club, and St. John’s Anglican Cathedral. He and wife Edith Mary Nicklin (1891-1981) had six children. After retirement from teaching in 1952, he was elected as a trustee for the Winnipeg School Division.
He died at Winnipeg on 19 November 1968 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.
“Hot school board fight shaping,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 October 1954, page 3.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 November 1968, page 58.
“Mr Reeve will be remembered” by Val Werier, Winnipeg Tribune, 26 November 1968.
“George Joseph Reeve,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 November 1968, page 19.
Obituary [Edith Mary Reeve], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 October 1981, page 54.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 27 March 2023