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Memorable Manitobans: Alvin William “Al” Matskiw (1941-2002)


Born at Petula, Saskatchewan on 17 March 1941, son of Alex and Doris Matskiw, he graduated from high school at Grandview. He moved to Winnipeg and received his teaching certificate in 1960, after which he obtained a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba. His teaching career spanned 30 years, the last 20 as a resource teacher in the Winnipeg School Division. He retired in 1996 to pursue his hobbies of travelling throughout North America and Europe collecting rocks, which he used to design unique jewelry. He was one of the founders of Red River Art and Craft Co-operative and displayed and sold his original creations at craft shows for over 20 years. He loved the outdoors and while hiking picked wild berries and mushrooms, answered bird calls and examined every gravel pit in the country for unusual rocks. He died at Winnipeg on 13 November 2002.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 November 2002.

“They will never be forgotten” by Kevin Rollason, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2002, page A8.

This page was prepared by Ian Stewart.

Page revised: 26 December 2016

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