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Memorable Manitobans: Harry Herbert Galan (1922-2007)


Born on a farm at Wisla in 1922, one of five children of Alexander Galan (1888-1970) and Maria Pekaruk (1893-1978), he attended Normal School around 1941 then began working as a teacher. He taught at Balsam Bay School (1941-1942), Flower School (1945-1946), and other schools in rural Manitoba. After completing a BSc degree at the University of Manitoba (1949), he returned to teaching and was the Principal of Whitemouth School (1951-1952). In 1952, he moved to Winnipeg where he taught in the Winnipeg School Division, including service at Lord Selkirk School (1953-1954), King Edward School (1954-1957), and Isaac Newton School (1957-1960). Around 1962, he moved to the Charleswood School District where he was Principal at Royal School (1963-1965), Dieppe School (1966-1980), and Chapman School (1981-1984). He and his wife retired to Kelowna, British Columbia where he died on 19 November 2007.


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

Obituary [Alexander Galan], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 February 1970, page 32.

From the Past to the Present, 1898-1987 by Parkland Ukrainian Pioneer Association, circa 1988, page 28. [Legislative Library of Manitoba, Rare Book Collection F5648.P36 Fro]

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 November 2007.

Obituary [Caroline Galan Lebid], Brandon Sun, March 2009.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Alan Mason for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 December 2021

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