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Memorable Manitobans: William Edward John “Bill” Saunders (1908-1983)

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William Edward Saunders
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Educator.

Born at Winnipeg on 24 May 1908, he attended the Winnipeg Normal School (1931-1932) then began a 38-year teaching career, including service at Cold Lake School (one year), Inwood School (one year), Ste. Elizabeth School (one year), and Petersfield School (one year).

He returned to Winnipeg where he taught at Cecil Rhodes School (one year), Kelvin High School (three years), Victoria-Albert School (two years), Gordon Bell High School (1944-1945), General Wolfe School (1945-1951), and Technical Vocational High School (1951-1954). He was Vice-Principal at King Edward School (1954-1956), and Principal of Clifton School (1956-1959), Weston School (1959-1966), and Earl Grey School (1966-1973). He retired from teaching in 1973.

On 30 March 1940, he married Vera Elisa Jorgenson (1913-2006) and they had two daughters.

He died at Weslaco, Texas on 6 December 1983 and was buried in the Morris Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 10 December 1983, page 64.

Obituary [Vera Elisa Saunders], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 February 2006, page 39.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Judy Peters for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 March 2021

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