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Memorable Manitobans: John Sigfus Helgason (?-1978)


Born in North Dakota, he came to Manitoba with his parents and settled on a farm in the Morden area. He was educated at Diamond School and later began his teaching career there. He received further education at Wesley College, the University of Manitoba, and the Winnipeg Normal School.

After teaching at Diamond School, he served as Principal of Balmoral School (1923-1925), Winnipeg Beach School (1925-1929), Rapid City School (1929-1937), Stony Mountain School (1937-1943), Morris School (1945-1947), Starbuck School (1947-1950), Goose Lake School (1950-1951), Kelwood School (1951-1953), North Kildonan School (1953-1958), and Lord Kitchener School (1958-1959). He served as School Superintendent of the Kirkfield Park School Distrist and the Assiniboine North School Division for ten years, retiring in 1969. He served in several executive positions with the Manitoba Teachers’ Society. In 1967, his contributions to education in Manitoba were recognized with the Canada Centennial Medal.

On 22 August 1925, he married Ivy Annabelle Mollard at Balmoral. They had three children: Inez Helgason, James Barry Helgason, and Willard Dale Helgason. He was a member of the Civic Caledonian Curling Club and the Masons.

He died at Winnipeg on 2 November 1978.


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

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 Novembe 1978, page 52.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 December 2015

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