Memorable Manitobans: Robert Edward Beecher (1892-1978)
Educator, school inspector.
Born at Kilkenny, Ireland on 5 March 1892, he came to Canada in 1912 and worked as an accountant and a teacher at Wyndham School (1912-1913). During the First World War, he served with the 12th Field Ambulance of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, returning to Manitoba from overseas service in 1919.
He taught at Roblin Collegiate (1921-1925) and was the Principal of Cypress River School (1925-1929). In the latter year, he was appointed a School Inspector, based at Eriksdale. He moved to Neepawa in 1936 where he remained until retirement in 1956. On 26 December 1919, he married Marion Jean Jolliffe (1894-1972) at Roblin. They had three children: Edward Ross Beecher (1922-?), Mrs. K. C. Moir, and Pat Beecher. He was a member of the Masons (Neepawa Lodge).
He died at Neepawa on 2 July 1978 and was buried in the Neepawa Cemetery.
Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.
Marriage registration [Robert Edward Beecher, Marion Jean Jolliffe], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Birth registration [Edward Ross Beecher], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 July 1978, page 135.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 4 June 2023