Memorable Manitobans: Homer Ross “Mac” McAllister (1910-1999)
Born at Winnipeg on 26 March 1910, son of Archibald McAllister (1868-1945) and Margaret Letitia Davidson (1881-1958), brother of John Lorne McAllister, he grew up at 562 Beresford Avenue, attended Lord Roberts School and the Central Normal School, and graduated from the University of Manitoba (1938). He worked for Imperial Oil then was a teacher in rural Manitoba. He was Principal of St. Andrews School (1936-1941) where he met fellow teacher Irene Mabel Isabelle Darkes (1914-1994). They married on 24 December 1941 at Winnipeg and moved to Sarnia, Ontario.
He enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force and was stationed at Sydney, Nova Scotia. There, he taught mathematics and navigation to airmen-in-training as part of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan. After the Second World War, he provided university entrance instruction to returning servicemen, then returned to secondary teaching at St. James Collegiate. Upon retirement, he travelled the world and wintered in Arizona and Florida.
He died on 24 August 1999 and was interred in the Garry Memorial Park.
1901 and 1911 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.
1921 and 1926 Canada censuses, Library and Archives Canada.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Robbers raid gas station, get $111 haul,” Winnipeg Tribune, 24 August 1934, page 1.
“Engagements [Mr. and Mrs. T. Darkes ...],” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 November 1941, page 12.
Obituary [Irene M. McAllister], Winnipeg Free Press, 1 June 1994, page 25.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 August 1999, page C14.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 25 April 2023