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Memorable Manitobans: William Henry “Dr. Bill” Ostapovitch (1919-2003)


Born at Theodore, Saskatchewan on 4 December 1919, he attended elementary and high school at Theodore then, in 1937, went to University of Saskatchewan to study medicine. In 1942, he continued his studies at University of Manitoba, graduating with an MD in 1944. While at medical school, he enlisted in the army, was commissioned as a Captain in July 1944 and was stationed at Halifax, NS for a year and a half. He was then stationed at Shilo until his discharge in August 1946. Following his army discharge, he returned to Winnipeg where he spent a year in post graduate residency at the Misericordia Hospital.

In March 1948, he took over a general medical practice at Holland. He served the community and surrounding districts until his retirement in 1992. He also served as Chief of Staff at the Treherne Hospital, Public Health Inspector for the Rural Municipality of Victoria, and Coroner for the district. He also served on the Town Board, School Board , was instrumental in the construction of the Holland Elementary School, was President of the Tiger Hills Education Association (1965), was appointed to the Advisory Board for the Department of Education. He was recognized for this work with the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal.

He died at Holland on 15 May 2003.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 May 2003.

“They will never be forgotten,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2003, pages A6-7.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 October 2016

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