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Memorable Manitobans: Ernest Butterworth (1916-1975)


Born at Winnipeg on 31 December 1916, son of Daniel Butterworth (1879-1941) and Clara Taylor (1880-1957), he was educated at the United College and University of Manitoba, receiving BA, BEd, and MEd degrees.

In 1939, he began a life-long teaching career at Flin Flon. He served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War and was stationed at Iceland and in Europe. Upon demobilization, he returned to Winnipeg in 1946 and resumed his teaching career, working at Machray School (1946-1952) and Kelvin High School (1952-1957).

He served as Vice-Principal of Earl Grey School (1957-1962), and Principal of Florence Nightingale School (1962-1965), George V School (1965-1968), and the Adult Education Centre (1968-1974). Prior to his death, he was Assistant Deputy Superintendent of the Winnipeg School Division. He served as Secretary of the Manitoba Educational Association (1959-1962) and wrote a history of the organization for his MEd degree.

On 4 July 1942, he married fellow teacher Mabel Catherine Fallis (1919-1973) at her parents’ Wood Bay residence. They had a daughter and three sons.

He died at his Winnipeg home, 469 Montrose Street, on 11 May 1975 and was buried in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1921 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

Obituary [Daniel Butterworth], Winnipeg Tribune, 28 June 1941, page 29.

“Butterworth-Fallis,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 July 1942, page 8.

Obituary [Mrs. Clara Butterworth], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 June 1957, page 2.

The History of the Manitoba Educational Association by Ernest Butterworth, MEd thesis, Faculty of Graduate Study and Research, University of Manitoba, 1965.

Obituary [Mabel Catherine Butterworth], Winnipeg Free Press, 16 June 1973, page 39.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 May 1975, page 33.

Elmwood Cemetery burial transcriptions, FindAGrave.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 January 2022

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