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Memorable Manitobans: Wilfred Sadler (1884-1951)

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Educator, administrator.

Born at Dundee, Scotland in 1884, and educated at St. Andrew’s University, he taught in Scotland for eight years before coming to Canada in 1910. From 1910 to 1912, he was a teacher at Alexandra School. He also spent two years at Kelvin School and, until 1912, was the senior science instructor at the Central Collegiate. Following the First World War, he was appointed Principal of Maple Leaf School, which was eventually torn down. In 1930, he moved with his staff to the newly built Hugh John Macdonald School. He retired in 1949.

During his 47-year teaching career, he was Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Department of Education, as well as a member of the St. James School Board, Scientific Club of Winnipeg, and the Family Bureau. He was active in the formation of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society, edited its magazine in its early years, and was its President (1927-1928). He enjoyed gardening in his spare time.

On 20 December 1913, he married Octavia Jane Ronald Bennett (1883-1938) at Winnipeg and they had two children: Florence Margaret Sadler (1914-?) and Wilfred Robertson Sadler (1917-?). He later married fellow teacher Amy R. Armstrong (1903-1991).

He died at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital on 15 July 1951 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.


Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Mrs. Wilfred Sadler dies in hospital,” Winnipeg Tribune, 16 November 1938, page 2.

“School principal W. Sadler retiring.” [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 115]

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 July 1951, page 22.

The History of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society by Haraldur Victor Vidal, MA thesis, University of Manitoba, 1958.

Winnipeg School Days, 1871-1950 by W. G. Pearce, Winnipeg School Division, Education Resource Centre.

Obituary [Amy R. Sadler], Winnipeg Free Press, 31 August 1991, page 28.

We thank Mireille Theriault (Manitoba Teachers’ Society) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 February 2019

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