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Memorable Manitobans: John Arthur Lionel Holmes (1913-1968)

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Born at Winnipeg on 29 January 1913, son of Lionel M. Holmes and Anne Jane Kirkland, he was an IODE scholar, graduating from United College (MA 1936) and the University of Manitoba (1957). He taught at Austin School (1937-1938) and was Principal of Manitou School (1942-1944) before returning to teach in the Winnipeg area, at Linwood Collegiate, Earl Grey School (1947-1950), and Kelvin High School, after which he was Vice-Principal of Isaac Brock School (1960-1963), as well as Principal of Margaret Scott School (1963-1966) and Harrow School (1966-1968). He was a founding member of the Manitoba Association for Retarded Children, Elder of Westworth United Church, and member of the Mens Principal’s Club. On 18 August 1938, he married Vera Dorothy Gunter (1914-2001) and had four sons. He died suddenly at his Winnipeg home, 321 Lindsay Street, on 23 February 1968 and was buried in Brookside Cemetery.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Society,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 August 1938, page 6.

“Board names new principals,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 July 1963, page 16.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 February 1968, page 28.

Obituary [Vera Dorothy Holmes], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 April 2001, page C7.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 26 March 2016

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