Memorable Manitobans: Arthur Victor Pigott (1900-1987)
Educator, business executive.
Born at Winnipeg on 23 March 1900, son of Arthur Frederick Pigott (1867-1956) and Sarah Dunlop, he was educated locally then taught in rural Manitoba, including a stint as Principal of Sperling School (1921-1924), Elgin School (1924-1925), Park School (1925-1926) and Maple Leaf School (1926-1930). He moved to Winnipeg in 1930 where taught at Isaac Newton School (1930-1937) and was Principal of Lord Nelson School (1937-1938) and Machray School (1939-1944), then Assistant Superintendent of the Winnipeg School Division (1944-1947). He stepped down to become the Winnipeg Branch Manager of the Pigott Truck and Tractor Company, operated by his brother Ernest, until 1950 when he moved to Toronto to take over a General Motors agency there.
He served as President of the Greater Winnipeg Council of Social Agencies, Children’s Aid Society, Royal Astronomical Society (Winnipeg Branch), and Manitoba Federation of Home and School Associations (1948-1949), and Vice-President of the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation at Toronto. He was a member of the Board of Governors for the University of Manitoba and a Director of the Winnipeg Kiwanis Club.
He died at Toronto, Ontario on 15 February 1987.
1901 Canada Census, Automated Genealogy.
“Arthur Pigott guest speaker,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 October 1949, page 4.
“Former city schools official goes east to business post,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 January 1950, page 10.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 February 1987, page 43.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 2 June 2021