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Memorable Manitobans: Robert James Mackenzie (1887-1977)

Educator, school inspector.

Born at Presquille, Ontario on 6 December 1887, he was educated at Kemble, Bruce Mines, and Queen’s University (Kingston). In March 1915, he joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force, served overseas and lost a leg as a result of battle wounds. He was discharged in June 1920, at Winnipeg, with the rank of Lieutenant.

He taught school at Myrtle School (1921-1923), Arrow River School (1923-1925), and was Principal of Franklin School (1925-1936). He was appointed a School Inspector in 1936 and was based at Roblin for one year then Gladstone where he remained until retirement in 1953. He taught at Shilo from 1953 to 1958.

On 25 August 1921, he married Olga Emily Lalier at Pilot Mound. They had four sons: Bob, Jack, Keith, and Glen. He was a member of the War Amputees Association, Masons (Gladstone Lodge No. 11), Royal Canadian Legion, and Gladstone United Church. He sang in the church choir and supervised Sunday School, managed the local hockey team, and supported the Gladstone Music Festival.

He died at Gladstone on 26 March 1977 and was buried in Gladstone Cemetery.

Sources:

Marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 March 1977, page 26.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 March 2013

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