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Memorable Manitobans: Henri Le Gallais Roy (1875-1953)

Cleric, chess player.

Born in Quebec on 7 May 1875, son of Rev. Jesse Josiah Roy and Rebecca Le Gallais, he graduated from the University of Manitoba (1894, Silver Medal) and Wycliffe College at Toronto (1899). He became an Anglican Rector and served at several churches around Manitoba, including Holy Trinity Anglican at Elm Creek (?-?), St. Matthews Boissevain (1905-1913), and St. James Anglican at Neepawa (1930-1934). He was Rural Dean of Turtle Mountain (1908-1913) and was appointed to an honorary canonry at St. Matthews Cathedral Brandon in 1928. On 27 June 1906, he married Ella Violet Allen (1884-1957) at Emerson and they had two daughters: Norah Jean Roy (1913-1997) and Dorothy Marguerite Roy (1916-2013). An active chess player who joined the Winnipeg Chess Club in 1913, he served as the President of the Winnipeg Chess Club (1936-1944), Manitoba Chess Association (1938-1945), and Chess Federation of Canada (1941-1945, 1952-1953). He was also secretary of the Winnipeg Jewish Chess Club for two years and secretary of the British Columbia Chess Federation for two years. He retired from religious work in 1940 and moved to British Columbia in 1947. He died at Vancouver on 20 September 1953.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“H. L. Roy is chess leader,” Winnipeg Tribune, 2 October 1942, page 21.

“Chess players honor Canon H. L. Roy,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 April 1947, page 15.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

“Chess official, Canon Roy dies at 78,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 September 1953, page 9.

“Canon H. L. Roy buried at coast,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 September 1953, page 11.

Death registration [Ella Violet Roy], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Norah Jean Roy], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 September 1997, page 53.

Obituary [Dorothy Marguerite Roy], McCall Gardens Funeral and Cremation Services.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 June 2020

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