Memorable Manitobans: John Henry Shemilt (1881-1969)
Born at Ipstones, Staffordshire, England in 1881, he first came to Manitoba 1908 and was ordained as a Methodist minister at Brandon in 1913, serving various places in Manitoba and northwestern Ontario for over 50 years, including at Rainy River (Ontario), Keewatin (Ontario), Russell, Carroll, Transcona, and St. Paul’s United Church at Graysville (?-1951).
After retirement to St. Vital in 1951, he continued to minister at Bird's Hill and Morse Place, as Chaplain for hospitals in the greater Winnipeg area until 1963, and Chaplain at the St. Boniface Sanitorium until 1967. He served as Statistical Secretary for the Manitoba Conference of the United Church for 35 years.
On 25 September 1918, he married Myrtle Roselin Webster (1893-1987) at Souris and they subsequently had a daughter and three sons. He was a member of the IOOF and Loyal Orange Lodge, and was an active curler and gardener. In recognition of their community service, he and his wife were inducted into the Order of the Crocus (1967).
He died at the Misericordia Hospital on 27 December 1969 and was buried in the St. Vital Cemetery.
Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 29 December 1969.
Obituary [Myrtle Roselin Shemilt], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 April 1987, page 49.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 21 February 2022