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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Alexander Hill (1908-1991)


Born at Portage la Prairie on 27 November 1908, the son of John Hill (1858-?) and Alicia H. Hamilton (1861-?), he became a teacher and began his career in rural Manitoba schools, including Lavenham School around 1929. On 9 August 1933, he married Vernice Elizabeth Aikens (1910-1989) at the Rural Municipality of South Norfolk and had two children; Barry Thomas Hill (1935-2012) and Judy Hill. He moved to West Kildonan and became Principal of John H. Gunn School (1932) and taught at Centennial School. During the Second World War, he served as a flight instructor with the Royal Canadian Air Force, after which he joined the Winnipeg School Division as an industrial arts teacher. He later taught at Isaac Brock School until retirement in 1963. He died at Winnipeg on 16 December 1991 and was buried at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Tiger Hills to the Assiniboine: A History of Treherne and Surrounding District by Treherne Area History Committee, 1976.

Obituary [Vernice Elizabeth Hill], Winnipeg Free Press, 10 September 1989, page 26.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 December 1991, page C27.

Obituary [Barry Thomas Hill], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 February 2012, page B13.

Henderson’s Winnipeg Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Clark-Aikens family tree, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 27 June 2014

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