Memorable Manitobans: John James “Jack” Hill (1916-1977)
Born at Killarney on 24 May 1916, he attended Austin School and the Brandon Normal School then taught at David Livingston School (1939-1941) before spending five years in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. He served as a Senior Navigation Instructor at Elementary Flying Training School No. 19 near Virden (1941-1944), after which he transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy, working as a seaman on HMCS Cornwallis (1944-1945). He witnessed the Halifax Navy Riots and opted for military discharge rather than move to the Pacific Theatre. He returned to teaching at David Livingstone School (1945-1946), was Principal of McLaren School (1946-1947), David Livingston School (1948-1958), and Earl Haig School (1958-1960). He attended University of Manitoba summer courses over the years, earning BA and BEd degrees. In 1960, he was appointed Superintendent of the Brandon School Division, serving until 1971 when he became the Principal of Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School. He retired in June 1976. He also served as a part-time member of the Faculty of Education at Brandon University. He died at Brandon on 3 September 1977 and was buried in the Rosewood Memorial Gardens.
“J. J. Hill had ring-side seat for Halifax Navy Riots,” Brandon Sun, 21 August 1961, page 9.
“Twelve retiring teachers cap careers with retirement dinner,” Brandon Sun, 17 June 1976, page 10.
Obituary, Brandon Sun, 6 September 1977, page 16.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 5 July 2017
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