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Memorable Manitobans: Partap Singh Phangureh (1921-2008)


Born in Punjab, India on 28 November 1921, the eldest son of Ganda Singh Phangureh and Kartar Kaur, he obtained his BSc degree from the Sikh National College Lahore in 1942 and then completed his teacher training in Faridkot, Punjab. In his early years of teaching in Punjab he became Headmaster and established two new schools, in Nasrala and in Adampur. In 1958 he moved to the UK and then to Winnipeg, establishing himself as one of the first Sikhs in Winnipeg. He taught in the Winnipeg School Division No. 1 from 1959 to 1986, including at Cecil Rhodes School (1960-1962). He also served as President of the Sikh Society of Manitoba (1979, 1984). During his retirement years he helped to build the Winnipeg South Sikh Centre. He was also President of the Punjabi Canadian Seniors Society Inc. and a member of the Manitoba Cultural Centre. He died at Winnipeg on 9 September 2008.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 September 2008.

“Manitobans’ Legacy a Better Province,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 January 2009, page B3.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 March 2016

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