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Memorable Manitobans: William Harold Copeland (?-?)

Educator, civil servant.

He taught at Larkspur School (1932-1933) was the Principal of Inglis School (1941-1942), Dugald School (1942), Fort Garry High School (1944-1945), and Miami School (1945-1948). On 1 November 1941, he married nurse Donalda Murray McKillop (1916-2014, daughter of Rev. James W. McKillop) at the Knox Presbyterian Church manse in Roland. They had two daughters. After residing briefly at Winnipeg, in the fall of 1950, he accepted one of five federal government postings in the eastern Arctic. After two months studying at Ottawa, Ontario, the family moved to Coral Harbour on Southampton Island, Northwest Territories (now part of Nunavut) in November 1950. There, he was lead administrator for local education and social services and his wife was the island’s lone nurse. They spent six years there before moving to Alberta, after which his whereabouts are unknown.

Sources:

“School teachers of the school districts,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 13 October 1932, page 2.

“Engagements [Reverend James W. McKillop ...],” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 September 1941, page 7.

“Copeland - McKillop,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 November 1941, page 14.

“Winnipeg pair to minister to Eskimos of far north,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 March 1950, page 12.

Obituary [Donalda Murray Copeland], Edmonton Journal, 18 December 2014.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 25 August 2021

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