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Memorable Manitobans: John Leamen (1908-1967)


Born at Gladstone on 23 August 1908, son of John J. Leamen and Jessie Ann McAskill, he attended Gladstone School and a public school in Portage la Prairie then earned BA and MA degrees from the University of Manitoba and Columbia University, respectively. He taught at Portage la Prairie, Transcona School (1929-1930), and Gladstone Collegiate and, from 1931 to 1955, was a teacher in West Kildonan. He served as the Principal of Governor Semple School (1931-1935), Victory School (1936-1953) and West Kildonan School (1953-1955). In 1955, he was appointed Superintendent of the West Kildonan School District and later the Seven Oaks School Division, retiring in 1966 and serving as Music Director at St. John’s School. In April 1966, he was elected President of the Manitoba Educational Association. He died at Winnipeg on 23 March 1967 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

“Community Clubs,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 September 1948, page 18.

“Leaman heads West Kildonan Schools,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 September 1948, page 3.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 September 1971, page 41.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 August 2020

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