Memorable Manitobans: Harold Andrew Lyons (1919-1987)
Born at Carievale, Saskatchewan on 13 October 1919, son of Alexander and Ethel Lyons, in 1939 he began teaching in one-room schoolhouses of rural Manitoba, including at Budka School (1940-1941). His career was interrupted by service in the Royal Air Force (1941-1945).
Following his military discharge, he returned to Nesbitt School, serving as its Principal of (1948-1951), before moving to the Winnipeg School Division where he was a teacher at Isaac Brock School (1951-1957) and Kelvin High School (1957-1966). He was Vice-Principal at Sargent Park School (1966-1969) and Winnipeg Adult Education Centre (1970-1972), after which he was Principal of Hugh John Macdonald School (1972-1974) and Supervising Vice-Principal of Churchill High School (1974-1979) until retirement in 1979.
In 1950, he married Helen Geraldine Bentley (1924-2019) and they had four children.
He died at Winnipeg on 11 May 1987 and was buried in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.
“School gives dropouts another chance,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 December 1970, page 3.
“Increased emphasis on adult education in ‘school of the second chance’,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 August 1971, page 13.
“Sutherland - Lyons,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 June 1973, page 27.
“Grime - Lyons,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 October 1977, page 36.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 May 1987, page 58.
Obituary [Helen Geraldine Lyons], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 August 2019.
We thank Linda Strange, Dave Lyons, and Doug Lyons for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 3 November 2022