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Memorable Manitobans: Jack Hersey Gibson (1917-2009)

Educator, school inspector.

Born at Brandon on 30 November 1917, fourth child of Jesse Gibson (1882-1966) and Margaret Catherine Calderbank (1886-1965), he attended Brandon schools and the Brandon Normal School (1935-1936). He taught at Chater School (1936-1937) and Shell Valley School (1937-1938) before turning to farming at Inglis for two years. He returned to teaching, at Thunder Creek School (1940-1941) and Sidney School (1942), before joining the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942.

After his military discharge in 1944, he resumed teaching at Sidney School, also attending school to obtain BA and BEd degrees. In 1948, he began teaching at Minnedosa North School No. 232 and was its Principal (1952-1956) and, later, also of Minnedosa Collegiate. He was appointed a School Inspector in 1957, based at Grandview and relocated to Winnipeg in 1968 to inspect in the Morris-Macdonald School Division. After retiring from inspecting in 1976, he returned to teaching at Stonewall Collegiate where he spent six years.

On 3 July 1939, he married Betha Evelyn Bradley (1917-2001) at Shellmouth and they had two sons.

He died at Winnipeg on 5 April 2009.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

One Hundred Years in the History of the Rural Schools of Manitoba: Their Formation, Reorganization and Dissolution (1871-1971) by Mary B. Perfect, MEd thesis, University of Manitoba, April 1978.

Vista Tales from Islay School District No. 733 in Vista, Manitoba by Gerald Brown, page 22. [Manitoba Legislative Library]

Obituary [Betha Evelyn Gibson], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 October 2002.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 April 2009, page 49.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 February 2021

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