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Abley, Henry T.

  • Person
  • 1917-1994

Henry T. Abley, also often known as Harry, was an organist, choirmaster and composer, born in 1917 in Knighton, Wales. He studied at Trinity College of Music, London. He had fellowships at that college, and the London College of Music, and was an Associate of the Royal College of Organists.

He immigrated to Canada in the late 50s and worked as the organist at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Sault Ste Marie, ON from 1957-1959. From 1961-1967 he worked as the organist at First Baptist Church in Lethbridge, Alberta. Subsequently he worked as an organist and choirmaster at St. John’s Cathedral in Saskatoon, SK from 1968-1977, then at Third Avenue United Church also in Saskatoon, SK from 1979-1985. His last engagement as organist and choirmaster was at Church of the Advent in Montreal from 1985 until his death in 1994.

He was a recitalist known especially in Germany during the 70s and 80s, where he performed frequently in East and West Berlin, Bremen, Norden; as well as Geneva, Switzerland and Oxford and Cambridge, England. He excelled in music of the German School, but was also a fine exponent of Franck, Liszt, and 20th-century composers Olivier Messiaen and Jéhan Alain. Abley was also a composer of mainly sacred works, and his large output occasioned a 1981 concert in Saskatoon composed entirely of his music.

Abraham, Maxwell

  • SCN00139
  • Person
  • [1951]?

Maxwell Abraham graduated from high school in Cabri and enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan in 1969. He joined the Huskies football team in 1969 after playing for the Saskatoon Hilltops and winning a Canadian Junior Championship in 1968. During his three-year career with the Huskies, from 1969 to 1971, Abraham was selected to both the Western all-star and All-Canadian team, each season at a different defensive position. Abraham was also a member of the Huskies wrestling team for one year. He was an assistant coach with the Huskies football team in 1972. He graduated with a B.Ed. in 1973.

Abrahamson, Joanne Margaret

  • SCAA-UASC-MG244
  • Person
  • 24 January 1963 - present

Joanne Abrahamson was born in Saskatoon on 24 January 1963. She worked for most of her career at SaskTel; after nearly twenty years there she left to pursue a career in Library Studies. Her father was a police photographer, and the family had a darkroom in their home; but she is largely self-taught, and has taken no formal photographic training.

Adams, Robert (Bob)

  • Person
  • 1924-2019

Robert (Bob) Adams was born in 1924 at Alsask, Saskatchewan and completed high school there. He enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan in 1942. During the Second World War, he served with the Royal Canadian Infantry. After the war, he completed his BA in 1946 and a BEd in 1949. He married Marge Pascoe in 1952.

Adams was a consummate track athlete and coach. He was a charter members of the Saskatchewan High School Athletic Association, was the first coordinator of physical education and high school athletics for the Saskatoon Public Board of Education and for years was a coach and executive member with the Saskatoon Track and Field Club. He was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1975 and into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1986. Adams retired to Victoria, British Columbia. He officiated at track meets in BC until 2018 when he was 93.

Adams received numerous honours, including entry into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame and the Athletics Canada Hall of Fame. He died in 2019 in Victoria at age 94.

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