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Memorable Manitobans: John Guthrie “Jack” Forsyth (1941-2011)


Born at Reston on 7 November 1941, son of Mora and John Forsyth, he attended Reston School, graduating in 1959, then spent a year at the Teachers’ College at Winnipeg. He taught at Virden School (1960-1961) and Shoal Lake School (1961-1963) then served as the Principal of Sanford School (1963-1971) and Hartney School (1971-1992). He was one of the founders of the AAA Midget Hockey League and served for 23 years on the board for the Canadian Orienteering Federation, including nine years as its President. He was the President of the South West Hockey League, Secretary of the Southwest Minor Hockey League, and served on the board of Hockey Manitoba, including a three-year term as President. He was on the Board of Directors for Hockey Canada (2001-2007) and was its National Chair of Minor Hockey. In 2008, he was given the Hockey Canada Order of Merit for his contributions to amateur hockey in Canada. He served on the Hartney municipal council and was President of the Hartney Golf Club and Hartney Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. He died at Brandon on 24 March 2011.


Obituary, Brandon Sun, 26 March 2011, page 29.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 January 2014

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