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Memorable Manitobans: William Argyle Lightbody (1888-1974)


Born at Argyleshire, Scotland on 16 April 1888, son of William Lightbody (c1843-1911), he immigrated with his parents to Minnesota in 1896, and again, later resettling at Morden. He took up teaching and taught in rural Manitoba for several years, including at Connor School, before taking employment with the East Kildonan School District and teaching at McIvor School (1923). He was Principal of Salisbury School (1925-1928) and Prince Edward School (1929-1930), later joined the Winnipeg School Division, teaching at Lord Selkirk School. He attended university and graduated in Pharmacy, working with J. Kerr Brown at Elmwood. He later returned to teaching prior to his retirement, after which he moved to Vancouver, British Columbia. On 30 January 1974, he was involved a pedestrian-vehicular accident and died prior to reaching the hospital. He died unmarried, and his remains were cremated.


Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 2 February 1974, page 39.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 31 October 2017

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