Memorable Manitobans: William M. Chimchak (1902-1981)


Born in the Komarno-Zbruch area on 29 August 1902, son of Stanley Chimchak (1875-1945) and Julia Chimchak (1878-1960), he attended Zbruch School, Teulon High School, and Wesley College. Following teacher training, he worked in rural Manitoba classrooms for 40 years, including at Jaroslaw School (1920-1921), Adam School (1921), Plum Ridge School (1926-1928 & 1930-1933, Principal), Leeland School (1933-1937), Meleb School (1937-1943, Principal 1937-1942), Tarno School (1943-1948, Principal), Fraserwood School (1948-1961, Principal), and Gimli Composite High School (1961-1965), after which he retired.

He was a member of the Komarno Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church, serving as its Secretary (15 years) and Cantor. On 22 September 1934, he married fellow teacher (of 38 years) Wanda Anne Boboski (1909-1989) in the Rural Municipality of Rockwood and they had one son, Bill Chimchak. He died at the Hunter Memorial Hospital in Teulon on 13 December 1981 and was buried in the St. Stephen’s Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery.


Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, [Stanley Chimchak], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 August 1945, page 15.

Obituary, [John William Chimchak], Winnipeg Free Press, 2 March 1981, page 43.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 December 1981, page 38.

Winnipeg estate files (ATG 0025A), #388/1982 William Chimchak, GR6983, Archives of Manitoba.

Obituary [Wanda A. Chimchak], Stonewall Interlake Spectator, 1 March 1989, page 28.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 9 October 2023

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