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Memorable Manitobans: Victor Norman Riddle (1897-1952)

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Victor Norman Riddle
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Educator.

Born at Winnipeg on 25 September 1897, son of Henry Riddle (1860-?) and Susan Jephson (1857-?), he graduated from Wesley College in 1921.

In September 1921, he became the Principal of Fleming School at Brandon but, following the Brandon Ultimatum, his employment was terminated in April 2022. He taught at Harding School (1922-1923) then in the Winnipeg School Division for 30 years, teaching at Isaac Brock School (1923-1932) and serving as Principal of Margaret Scott School (1945-1947) and Luxton School (1947-1953).

On 19 April 1924, he married Marguerite Eva Abbott (1899-1966) at Winnipeg. They had a son and two daughters. The family lived at 190 Campbell Street. He was a member of St. Andrew’s River Heights United Church.

He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 29 August 1952 and was buried at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

“Luxton School principal dies at 54,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 September 1952, page 23.

Obituary [Marguerite Riddle], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 August 1966, page 13.

We thank Sheri Bailey (Brandon Teachers' Association) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 May 2022

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