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Memorable Manitobans: John Donovan “Jack” Orchard (1910-1972)


Born in Saskatchewan in September 1910, son of Frank Orchard (1881-?) and Ella Bertha Orchard (1878-?), he grew up in the town of Craik and later moved to Manitoba. On 8 July 1937, he married Grace Robenna Dennison at her parents’ residence at Swan River and the couple had three children. He taught at Swan River School / Duncan School (1941-1943) before returning as the school’s Principal (1957-1972), during which time he earned BA (1963) and BEd (1968) degrees from the University of Manitoba. He died at Swan River on 2 December 1972 and was buried in the Birchwood Cemetery.


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

1916 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

“Orchard - Dennison,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 July 1937, page 12.

“Mrs. W. K. Dennison funeral held,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 December 1947, page 10.

“University will issue degrees and diplomas,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 May 1964, page 26.

“U of M to grant degrees, diplomas May 23 and 24,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 May 1968, page 15.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 December 1972, page 42.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 23 November 2016

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