Memorable Manitobans: George Albert Reynolds (1917-2005)
Born at Miniota on 31 July 1917, eldest child of Herbert Thomas Reynolds and Sadie May Baker (1894-1981), he graduated from Rapid City High School and was awarded the Isbister Scholarship. He attended Brandon College then Wesley College, graduating from the University of Manitoba with an Arts degree (BA 1937) and diploma in Education (1939). During his early years, he played pitched baseball for teams at Rapid City and Virden.
He taught history and mathematics at the Flin Flon High School until January 1942 when he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and trained as a navigator. He trained navigators at No. 7 Air Observers School until 1944 then Central Navigation School until the end of the war. After his military discharge, he became an actuary. He worked at Great West Life Assurance then, from 1953 to 1970, for American insurance companies as a Fellow Actuary and later as a Senior Vice President. In 1970, he joined Mutual of Canada at Waterloo, Ontario, becoming an expert on Canadian pensions. Retiring in 1983, he enjoyed boating in the lake country of northern Ontario.
On 28 September 1942, he married Helen Ferrier Grant (1919-2005) of Winnipeg and they had three children: George Grant Reynolds, Katherine Reynolds, and Sheila Ferrier Reynolds.
He died on 24 November 2005.
Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Brandon ball club lost first league game,” Brandon Sun, 21 June 1934, page #.
F/L George Albert Reynolds RCAF Navigation, 1942-1945, compiled by K. R. Macedo, 2018, Canadian War Museum, Acq #20160134.
This page was prepared by Katherine Macedo and Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 8 July 2020