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Memorable Manitobans: Raymond Arthur Joseph “Ray” Labelle (c1931-1981)

Educator.

Born at St. Boniface around 1931, son of Lucien “Lou” Labelle (1909-1988) and Phyllis Avril Smalley (1908-1992), he attended St. Paul’s High School and earned BA and BEd degrees from the University of Manitoba. His career in education spanned 25 years, including schools in rural and urban Manitoba. He taught at Maple Hill School, Fort Whyte School (Principal, 1953-1955), Headingley Collegiate, Kirkfield Park School (Principal, 1957-1959), St. James Collegiate, and King George Fifth School (Principal, 1966-?). He moved to Glenboro where he taught French and English at Glenboro Collegiate (c1976-1981). At one time, he also resided at St. Jean Baptiste and Somerset. He was Secretary-Treasurer of the St. Boniface Mohawks Hockey Club, was a founding member of the well-known hockey team operated by Aime Allaire, and was active with the Manitoba Sports Federation, Norwood Legion, and St. Boniface Optimist Club. He was killed in a late-night automobile accident on 19 May 1981 and was buried in the Pineview Memorial Gardens.

Sources:

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“Allaire feels pinch,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 June 1967, page 23.

“Maroons die, Mohawks enter senior hockey,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 September 1967, page 24.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 May 1981, page 38.

“Sports loses Labelle,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 May 1981, page 86.

“Accident claims Glenboro teacher,” Glenboro Gazette, 20 May 1981, page 3.

“Name released,” Brandon Sun, 20 May 1981, page 2.

Obituary [Lucien Labelle], Winnipeg Free Press, 29 August 1988, page 28.

Obituary [Phyllis Avril Labelle], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 December 1992, page 32.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 November 2017

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