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Memorable Manitobans: Harold Andrew “Harvey” 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. 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 three 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 for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 November 2019

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