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Memorable Manitobans: Calvin James “Jim” Alward (1923-2017)


Born at Winnipeg on 6 August 1923, during the Second World War he served in the Royal Canadian Navy aboard the HMCS Sackville and HMCS Matapedia on escort duty in the North Atlantic. Returning from military duty, he received a BA degree (1950) from United College and a BEd degree (1960) from the University of Manitoba. He taught at Viscount Alexander High School (1952-1953), Isbister School (1955-1956), Pinkham School (1956-1957), Greenway School (1957-1959), Cecil Rhodes School (1959-1964), and Kelvin High School (1964-1988) until retirement in 1988. He coached Kelvin’s “Reach For the Top” team to provincial and championships in 1969-1970. He was an active member of the Manitoba Historical Society. In 1997, in recognition of his community service, he was awarded the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation Medal. He died at Winnipeg on 20 January 2017.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 January 2017.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 December 2021

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