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Memorable Manitobans: Harry Onuphrius Hryhorka [Onufry Hryhorkiw] (1914-1988)


Born in July 1914, he immigrated to Canada in the 1920s and resided in the Rembrandt School District where he attended grade school. A gifted student, he excelled in his studies, advancing from four grade in October 1924 into grade eight by January 1926. He graduated from Wesley College at Winnipeg in 1930 and attended teacher training, graduating in 1937.

His teaching career in Manitoba occurred in numerous rural school districts, including Mayfield School (1946), Tarno School (1948-1950, Principal), Thalberg South School (1950-1951), Birchville School (1951-1952), Cloverleaf School (1958-1959, Principal), Sandhill School (1959-1960), Woodrow School (1960), Victoria Beach School (1961-1962, Principal), Elma School (1969-1970, Principal), and Ardal School (?-?), several at which he served as Principal.

In May 1967, he legally changed from his birth name of Onufry Hryhorkiw to Harry Onuphrius Hryhorka. He and his wife, Telka Hryhorka (?-c2010), were married sometime prior to 1967. In retirement, he settled at 102 Normandy Drive at Winnipeg.

He died at Winnipeg on 21 June 1988.


University of Winnipeg Archives, Western Canada Pictorial Index, University of Winnipeg Collection [A0493-15769].

“Rembrandt District has student prodigy,” Manitoba Free Press, 7 August 1926, page 18.

“Normal School class ’37 holds reunion,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 April 1938, page 9.

“Prawda news [Miss Millicent F. Hanas is taking ...],,” Steinbach Carillon, 31, August 1951, page 11.

“Certificate of change of name,” Selkirk Enterprise, 7 June 1967, page 16.

“School children get an education through art at display of 150 Years of Art in Manitoba,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 July 1970, New Leisure - Arts and Music page 8.

“In Memoriam [Hryhorka],” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 July 1988, page 65.

Winnipeg estate files (ATG 0025A), PR88-01-12991 Harry Onuphrius Hryhoruk, GR9655, Archives of Manitoba.

Winnipeg estate files (ATG 0025A), PR10-01-83936 Tekla Hryhoruk, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 22 January 2023

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