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Memorable Manitobans: Claire Elizabeth “Clara” Darvill (1943-2019)


Born at Rabbit Lake, Saskatchewan in 1943, daughter of Henry and Helen Dyck, she grew up on a farm at Medstead and attended Daylight and Medstead schools. She moved to Winnipeg at the age of 15 and graduated from Daniel McIntyre Collegiate. She was one of the first part-time sales people at the newly constructed Simpsons stored at Polo Park. In 1961, she married Michael William Darvill and they had three sons. After a brief stay at Montreal, Quebec, they returned to Winnipeg where she taught school while earning BA, BEd, and MEd degrees from the University of Manitoba. She served as Vice-Principal of Sister MacNamara School (1992-1996) and Principal of Pinkham School (1996-2003) before retiring in 2003. In retirement, she supervised student teachers at the University of Winnipeg. She died at Winnipeg on 18 June 2019.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 June 2019.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 June 2019

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