Conway Farrell

Place Name: Conway Farrell Park

Feature Type (Year Approved): Park (2000)

Name Origins: Commemorative

Definition: 

Conway

Welsh: locative name from Conway, the anglicized form of the Welsh place-name Conwy (Caernarvons).
Irish: anglicized form adopted for several different Irish names pronounced similarly.

Farrell

Irish: from Ó Fearghail ‘descendant of Fearghal’, a personal name based on fear ‘man’ + gal ‘courage’.

From: Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

Cultural Affiliation: Welsh, Irish

Gender: Male

Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie 

Conway McAllister Grey Farrell (1898-1988) was an early bush pilot and a veteran who served with both the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the WWI, "Con" Farrell attended the University of Manitoba. In 1928 Farrell joined Western Canada Airways and was in charge of instruction at Winnipeg. Between 1929 and 1931 he flew airmail out of Edmonton to Regina and Lethbridge. As a bush pilot, he was considered one of the "birdmen of the north."In WWII, Farrell served as the first commanding officer of the Northwest Staging Route of the RCAF between Edmonton and Calgary. After the war he joined Canadian Pacific Airlines and worked at Dawson City, in Japan as superintendent of the Oriental service, and later as superintendent of the British Columbia district. The 0.30-ha. Conway Farrell Park is located within the Edmonton City Centre Airport, on the site where the RCAF's administration building was located during WWII.

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