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Memorable Manitobans: Emil Joseph Borsa (1914-2003)


Born at Sarto on 16 February 1914, son of Joseph [Josef] Borsa (c1873-1915) and Maria Czernicki [Czornecki] (?-1963), he taught school for many years in rural Manitoba. His career included service at Sarto School (1935-1939), Baskerville School (1939-1940), Mars School (1941-1942), Poplar Park School (1943-1944), Slawna School (1944-1946), Sheffield School (1946-1947), Green Oak School (1948-1950), and St. Ouens South School (1953). He moved to Beausejour and was a trustee and Chairman of the Agassiz School Division (1959-1961), later returning to the classroom as Principal of Golden Bay School (1967-1968) and teaching at Springwell Hutterian School (1971-1972). The following year (1972-1973) he was granted a leave of absence from the Division. By the mid-1970s, he also worked as an Autopac agent, and retired to Mission, British Columbia in 1981. On 27 August 1938, he married Antonia Zablotny (1921-?) at Winnipeg and they had four children. They separated informally in September 1981 and filed for divorce in May 1982. He died at Mission on 22 November 2003.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“S.E. teachers assemble for fall dinner,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 October 1936, page 6.

“Emil Borsa Chairman School Board Division,” Springfield Leader, 19 May 1959, page 1.

“Reeves and Mayors returned with larger majorities [Agassiz School Division],” Springfield Leader, 24 October 1961, page 1.

“Agassiz School Division staff changes for 72-73,” Springfield Leader, 23 May 1972, page 1.

Obituary [Mike Borsa], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 August 1973, page 21.

“Agassiz School Division No. 13,” Springfield Leader, 11 February 1975, page 3.

Winnipeg Divorce files (ATG 0009a), FD82-01-25643, GR6960, Archives of Manitoba.

Winnipeg and Selkirk family files (ATG 0040a), FD86-01-08176, GR8477, Archives of Manitoba.

Obituary, Abbotsford News, 22 November 2003.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 12 August 2020

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