Memorable Manitobans: Cornelio Gumayon “Neil” Parado (1934-2011)
Cleric, educator, community activist.
Born in Philippines on 17 February 1934, son of Fely Domingo Parado, from 1953 to 1960, he an Associate degree in Philosophy, Bachelor of Education, and Bachelor, Masters, and doctorate in Sacred Theology. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1959.
He migrated to Winnipeg in 1975 to become the city’s first Filipino priest, working at Holy Cross Church and St. Edwards Church. Four years later, he married his childhood sweetheart Gregoria Gobenciong and relocated to Fisher Branch where he was a teacher at Poplarfield School, also serving as its Principal (1989-1991).
In 1991, he retired from teaching and moved back to Winnipeg where he got involved in the Filipino community including the voluntary association called the Knights of Rizal. He became the group’s Area Commander for Western Canada and helped organize and fundraise for projects to memorialize Dr. José Rizal in Winnipeg.
He died at Winnipeg on 3 February 2011.
“Rev. Dr. Cornelio “Neil” Gumayon Parado KGOR February 17, 1934 – February 3, 2011,” Filipino Journal 25.4, 24 February 2011.
Interview [Gregoria Parado], 2015. Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Bayanihan and Belonging: Filipinos and Religion in Canada by Alison R. Marshall. Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2018.
Page revised: 7 August 2022