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Memorable Manitobans: Leonard Abraham Floyde (1918-1990)

Educator, school inspector.

Born at McCreary on 11 October 1918, brother of Bill Floyde, he was educated at McCreary School, Neepawa School, CAA Trade School, and United College. From 1940 to 1944, he served in the Canadian Armed Forces during the Second World War. Upon discharge, he attended the University of Manitoba, graduating with a BSc degree (1948), while working full-time at the St. Regis Hotel. He later received an MEd degree (1973) and did further studies at Yale University, Brandon University, and the University of Saskatchewan.

He taught at Maitland School (1938-1939), Glenallan School, and Smalley School for four years. In 1948, he was hired as Principal of Sanford School, serving until 1955. While at Sanford, he was Secretary of the Sanford United Church. He was appointed a Manitoba School Inspector in 1955, based at Killarney. In 1968, he became a Director of the Manitoba Department of Education and moved to Winnipeg, a position from which he retired in 1987.

He died at Winnipeg on 31 July 1990 and was buried in McCreary Cemetery.

Sources:

Sanford-Ferndale, 1871-1987 by Sanford-Ferndale History Committee, 1989, pages 310-311.

“McCreary,” Neepawa Banner, 13 August 1990, page 17.

Obituary [Norma Hazel Floyde], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 June 1997, page 35.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 June 2017

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