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Memorable Manitobans: Wasyl “William” Kolodzinski (1884-1975)

Educator, businessman, municipal official.

Born at Leczniev, Poland on 10 February 1884, son of Elias Kolodzinski and Olena Franczuk, he immigrated to Buffalo, New York at the age of 17. He moved to Manitoba in 1910, first to Winnipeg, then to Tolstoi where he took up residence. He taught at Ladywood School (1910-1911), Stuartburn School (?-?), and Tolstoi School (?-?). He served as a school trustee and secretary, as well as manager of the Tolstoi grain elevator, local insurance agent, and was a Justice of the Peace for many years. He helped to build the Tolstoi Community Hall and was Cantor of the Tolstoi Ukrainian Catholic Church for 65 years. He was a Labour candidate for the Emerson constituency in the 1932 provincial general election. In 1970, he was awarded the Manitoba Centennial Medal for his many contributions to the local community. He and his wife Annie (1897-1984) had three children: Walter Kolodzinski (c1915-1983, husband of Elsie Kolodzinski), Mary Kolodzinski, and Nettie Kolodzinski. He died at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital on 5 October 1975 and was buried in the Tolstoi Parish Cemetery.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 October 1975, page 14.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

Obituary [Walter Kolodzinski], Winnipeg Free Press, 16 February 1983, page 21.

Obituary [Annie Kolodzinski], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 March 1984, page 58.

Obituary [Mary Paley], Winnipeg Free Press, 16 May 2005, page 21.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 9 December 2019

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