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Memorable Manitobans: Henry Schmidt (1929-2011)

Educator, insurance broker.

Born in Manitoba on 12 December 1929, he was raised in the Elm Creek area and attended Wingham School before taking grade 12 at a private school in Winnipeg. He taught on permit (1948-1949) prior to graduating from the Manitoba Teachers’ College (1950), and spent his first four years teaching in rural Manitoba, including one year at Norway House. Next, he taught at Lord Kitchener School (1953-1955) and was Vice-Principal (1955-1957) and Principal (1957-1968) of Princess Margaret School prior to serving as Principal of Chief Peguis Junior High School (1969-1970). With 22 years of classroom experience, he ran for, and was successfully elected, a school trustee of the River East School Division (1971-?). He worked in insurance brokerage for 25 years before full retirement. He and his wife Ruth Enns (1930-2014) had three children. He died on 27 August 2011 and was buried in the Glen Eden Memorial Gardens.

Sources:

“Hold the line on options - Trustee Schmidt,” The Herald, 9 April 1974, page 10.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 August 2011, page C10.

Obituary [Ruth Schmidt], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 August 2014.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 16 August 2019

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