John Waugh Cringan (1885-1949)
CRINGAN, John Waugh (1885-1949)
Sex: Male
Birth: July 23, 1885
Death: April 19, 1949
Father: Alexander Thom Cringan (1860-1931)
Mother: Lillias Rennie Waugh (1861-1929)
Spouse/Partner: Evelyn May Craig (1890-1959)
Marriage: Oct. 20, 1921

John Waugh CRINGAN (1885-1949)

JWC: 45 Years with one company !

John Waugh CRINGAN, the second oldest of 11 children of Alexander Thom CRINGAN and Lillias WAUGH, was born in Carluke, Scotland, on July 23rd, 1885. He emigrated to Toronto with his parents in 1887. He married Evelyn May CRAIG on Oct. 21st, 1921. They had five children - Robert James (b. 1922), John Craig (b. 1924), Alexander Thom (b. 1926), Mary Evelyn Lillias (b. 1929), and Arthur Lawrence (b. 1931) - and 13 grandchildren. He died as a result of a heart attack on April 18th, 1949, in Toronto.

John attended Wellesley Public School and Jarvis Collegiate Institute, then studied accountancy to become a chartered accountant. In 1902, he started working for the Wm. Davies Co., and worked his entire professional life, 45 years, with the same firm, which merged with other meat-packers to become Canada Packers [1].

Dad's hobbies included music, lawn-bowling, cottaging, boating, and fishing. In his youth, he played viola in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and in later years, organized the Canada Packers Choral Society [2]. He was a long-time member of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club [3]. His hobbies, particularly music and cottaging which were so deeply shared with his wife Evelyn, influenced each of the five children in different, yet significant ways. These influences are evident in either the occupations or life-long hobbies of members of the next generation.

I owe much of my love of the out-of-doors to Dad, for lessons learned at his side whether when I was a young child, exploring the Don Valley, or somewhat later, being introduced to the delights of bass-fishing on the Magnetawan River. Also, I appreciate the guidance that he imparted that kept me working toward my professional goal. Sometimes, it takes a long time to really appreciate these values!

I am sure that each of my siblings would express Dad's influence in a different way!

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Family of John and Evelyn Cringan, late 1929: (standing) John, (middle) Mary, Evelyn, Bob, (front) Craig, Alex


Name Birth Death

Robert James Cringan (1922-1999)

Meaford, Ont., Canada

John Craig Cringan (1924-1992)

Mississauga, Ont., Canada

Alexander Thom Cringan (1926)

Mary Evelyn Cringan (1929)

Arthur Lawrence Cringan (1931-1973)


060821use DAD'S 2ND PRIZE 1909 PHOTO

In 1909, John Cringan won 2nd prize for this photograph of the Cringan cottage at Windermere, Muskoka, Ontario in a contest conducted by the Home Journal magazine.


Trimble, Dorothy Irene Robertson. 1990. "The Heritage of the Past": Settlers: Alexander Thom Cringan and Lillias Rennie Waugh. Typescript; published privately, Toronto.