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Memorable Manitobans: Henry Hewson “Harry” Guest (1920-1985)


Born at Winnipeg on 15 June 1920, only son of Henry Benson Guest (1878-1954), and Marie Olivia Hewson, he attended school locally and went on to earn BA (1941), BEd (1946), and MEd (1952; thesis: “Counselling in Winnipeg High Schools”) degrees from the University of Manitoba, and his PhD from Florida State University (1971). He entered the field of education, working as a teacher specializing in history and guidance before taking the mantle of Principal of Swan River School (1945-1946). He then joined the staff of the Winnipeg School Division, teaching at Ralph Brown School (1946-1947), General Wolfe School (1947-1955), and Kelvin High School (1955-1960) before working as Vice-Principal of Sargent Park School (1961-1962) and St. John’s High School (1962-1963) prior to being to Supervisor of Guidance in 1963. He became a Coordinator and a Consultant for the Division before retiring in 1980 to enter private practice as a family and marriage counsellor. He was a founding member of the Canadian Guidance and Counselling Association of Manitoba, Director and Executive of Villa Rosa, and Board member of the Manitoba Historical Society, and President (Winnipeg Division Association, c1963) of the Manitoba Teachers’ Association. On 27 June 1942, he married Hessie Jean Conly (1917-2000) at Atlantic Avenue United Church in Winnipeg, the service presided by her brothers Rev. William W. Conly and Rev. David Conly. The couple had four sons, including Timothy Edgar Guest (c1957-1998) and Henry James “Hal” Guest. He died at Winnipeg on 24 March 1985.

See also:

Constructing the Woman Artist: Marie Hewson Guest in Winnipeg by Claudine Majzels
Manitoba History, Number 29, Spring 1995, pages 2-10.


“Bride’s brothers officiate at Guest-Conly wedding,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 July 1942, page 6.

[Mrs. Henry Guest dies, aged 89, at home of son,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 November 1944, page 4.

“Swan River Collegiate grades receive diplomas,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 June 1946, page 6.

Birth notice [Guest], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 August 1949, page 22.

“Master’s degree,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 May 1952, page 10.

[Photo caption, H. H. Guest], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 December 1961, page 10.

“Social [The Manitoba Teachers’ Society],” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 September 1963, page 19.

“Sex education course optional for schools,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 December 1967, page 26.

“Church Home meet,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 March 1971, page 20.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 25 March 1985, page 26.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 March 1985, page 33.

Winnipeg estate file # PR85-01-01437 [Henry Hewson Guest], Archives of Manitoba.

Obituary [Timothy Edgar Guest], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 April 1998, page C10.

Obituary [Hessie Jean Guest], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 July 2000, page C7.

Obituary [Hessie Jean Guest], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 August 2000, page C6.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 23 November 2016

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