Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Adam “Tom” Kalichak (1927-1973)
Born at Sifton in 1927, son of Michael Kalichak (1902-1985) and Cecelia Kalichak (1903-1986), he attended Mineral Creek School in Ashville, Brickburn School in Gilbert Plains, and collegiate grades in Dauphin. He graduated from the Manitoba Teachers’ College (1950) and later attained a MSc degree (1968) from an educational institution at Mennomenee [now Mennomenee Falls], Wisconsin. His 22-year education career began in rural Manitoba as teacher (1950-1951) and Principal (1951) of Fouillard School, followed with time working in the Dauphin area and later a principalship at Elma School (1955-1956) and Makinak School (1957-1958). He then joined the Winnipeg School Division, his career including teaching at Isbister School (1958-1962) and Elmwood High School (1965-1966). He and wife Lucille Hermance “Lou” Desrosiers (1926-2017) had no children. He died in an accident at Winnipeg on 3 November 1973 and was buried in the Dauphin Community Cemetery.
“Teacher map strap pupils, court rules,” Lethbridge Herald, 17 May 1958, page 8.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 November 1973, page 19.
Obituary, Springfield Leader, 13 November 1973, page 8.
Winnipeg estate file #417/74, Thomas A. Kalichak, Archives of Manitoba.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
Page revised: 11 May 2019
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