Memorable Manitobans: Norman Gilbert “Norm” Harvey (1925-2023)
Born at Rivers on 4 July 1925, son of Horace Melville Harvey (1892-1982) and Birdie Alice Hepburn (1895-1995), during the Second World War he served in Europe in the 5th Canadian Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment and 14th Canadian Field Regiment, then the Occupation Force in Germany until his discharge in April 1946. He attended the University of Manitoba, graduating with a science degree. After receiving a teaching certificate in 1951, he embarked on a teaching career.
He was the Principal of Wellwood School (1951-1954), Pilot Mound School (1954-1959), and Lynn Lake School (1959-1961). In 1961, he was appointed a Manitoba School Inspector, serving until 1966 when he became a school inspector for the Fort Garry School Division. He was later Special Assistant to the Deputy Minister of Education, Director of Administration in the Department of Education, and Executive Director of the Manitoba Association of School Trustees (1972-1986). He served on the Historical Committee of the Manitoba Centennial Corporation. In recognition of his community service, he received a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977).
On 12 June 1948, he married Nora Florence Daly (1923-2020) at the Cartwright United Church and they had four children.
Marriage registration [Horce Melville Harvey, Birdie Alice Hepburn], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
“Engagement notices,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 May 1948, page 12.
Obituary [H. Melville Harvey], Winnipeg Free Press, 16 April 1982, page 37.
Obituary [Birdie Alice Harvey], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 November 1995, page 30.
Obituary [Nora Florence Harvey], Dignity Memorial.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 18 August 2023