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Memorable Manitobans: John Harold Pemberton (1922-1974)

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John H. Pemberton
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Born Dhanie Rambarran at Piarco, Trinidad (British West Indies) on 24 November 1922, seventh child of Poppot and Rambarran, he was orphaned at the age of two and a half. When he was four, he and his older sister were adopted by British-American Pentacostal missionary Ruth Pemberton. In April 1950, he immigrated to Winnipeg and attended the University of Winnipeg, University of Ottawa, and University of Manitoba, receiving BA (1955), BPed (1956), BEd (1957), MEd (1959), and MA (1969) degrees. He became a Canadian citizen in May 1967.

For ten years, he taught at the University of Winnipeg during the summer session while teaching at St. James Collegiate (Vice-Principal, 1965-1966) and Daniel McIntyre Collegiate. He was Vice-Principal (1963-1965) and Principal (1966-1974) of Deer Lodge Junior High School. He also served on the Library Committee for the Manitoba Teachers’ Society (1961-1963) and was Secretary-Treasurer for the Manitoba Educational Association (1961-1965). He was a member of the University of Manitoba Alumni Association, Principals and Vice-Principals Association of Manitoba, St. James Kiwanis Club, Caribbean-Canadian Association of Winnipeg, St. James Mens’ Bowling League, and Sturgeon Creek United Church.

He died at Kenora, Ontario on 6 September 1974.


Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 September 1974, page 31.

We thank Pandita Pemberton for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 November 2013

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