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Memorable Manitobans: John Erle Outhwaite (1920-2018)

Educator, school inspector.

Born in the Rural Municipality of North Norfolk on 4 May 1920, son of Robert J. “Bob” Outhwaite (1881-1960) and Harriet Beatrice Brigham (1882-1978), he grew up on the family farm at 17-11-11W, attended Austin School, and graduated from the University of Manitoba with a BEd degree. He was Principal of Seven Sisters School (1940-1949) and Devonshire School (1949-1952). In 1952, he joined the Winnipeg School District, teaching at Somerset School (1952-1956) and as Principal (1956-1958) of a summer/vacation school in Winnipeg. He joined the Teachers Training Faculty at Brandon College (1958-1960) and, in 1960, was appointed School Inspector for the Rolling River School Division. He then moved to Minnedosa. He and his wife had one son and one daughter. Later, he resettled to British Columbia where he died at Victoria on 27 February 2018.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1921 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

“Announces new college staff,” Brandon Sun, 23 August 1958, page 4.

“J. E. Outhwaite appointed divisional inspector,” Rapid City Reporter, 8 September 1960, page 4.

Obituary [H. Beatrice Outhwaite], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 October 1978, page 185.

Obituary, DignityMemorial.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Gordon Goldsborough for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 10 December 2020

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