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Memorable Manitobans: Howard Melville Dunfield (1912-2000)

Educator, school inspector.

Born at Swan Lake on 26 January 1912, son of Silas Dunfield (1872-1951) and Annie Elizabeth Crewson (1873-1953), his childhood was spent at Carberry. He was educated at Brandon College, McMaster University, and the University of British Columbia, receiving BA and BEd degrees. He was the Principal at Elgin School (1937-1941), Melita School (1942-1943), and Pine Falls School (1943-1952). He was then appointed a Manitoba School Inspector, based successively at Gilbert Plains (1952-1955), Brandon (1955-1959), and Fort Garry (1959-1964). He was Chief School Inspector for the Manitoba Department of Education and later became Associate Deputy Minister of Education, retiring in 1977. On 20 July 1937, he married Mary Williamena Anderson (1910-1984) at Elgin. They had two children. He moved to Victoria, British Columbia in 1980, going to a retirement facility in Calgary, Alberta in 1995. He died at Calgary on 15 September 2000.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“Bride wears ring worn 77 years ago by grandmother,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 July 1937, page B9.

Death registration [Mary Williamena Dunfield], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Mary Dunfield], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 October 1984, page 53.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 September 2000, page 24.

Obituary [Isabel Wettlaufer Dunfield], Winnipeg Free Press, 16 January 2008, page 27.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 June 2017

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