Memorable Manitobans: John Leslie “Jack” Morrow (1896-1989)
Educator, liquor inspector.
Born at Holland, Manitoba on 6 February 1896, second son of William Morrow and Sarah Lippins, he was attending the Brandon Normal School when, in early 1916, he joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force and served in the 184th Battalion of the Canadian Army until receiving a medical discharge in August 1917. He returned to Manitoba and completed his teacher education, later receiving a BA degree from the University of Manitoba (1931).
He taught at numerous places in rural Manitoba, including Sinclair River School, Ethelbert School, Bield School, Miniota School, and Emerson School. He served as the Principal of Holland School (1931-1932), Stonewall School (1932-1936), Shoal Lake School (1937-1938), and Westbourne School (1938-1939). He left teaching in 1942 to work for the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission, moving to Winnipeg in 1946 where he worked as an inspector until retirement in 1961. From 1963 to 1968, he marked papers in high school mathematics, history, and geography for the Manitoba Department of Education’s Correspondence Branch.
On 10 September 1930, he married Evelyn Helen Victoria Woodman (1900-1996) at Winnipeg. He was President of the Stonewall Curling Club, Government Liquor Control Commission Curling Club, and Canadian Legion (St. Vital Branch). He was a member of the Mentor’s Club of Winnipeg.
He died at Winnipeg on 12 August 1989 and was buried in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 August 1989, page 50.
Obituary [Evelyn Helen Victoria Woodman Morrow], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 April 1996, page 23.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 1 June 2013