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Memorable Manitobans: Melvin “Mel” Solar (1930-2010)


Born at Sifton on 25 September 1930, son of Wasyl “William” Solar (1893-1974) and Katherine Hryhirchuk (1902-1992), he earned BA, BEd, MEd degrees and became a teacher. He worked at Dublin Bay School (?-?), Sifton School (?-?), Dauphin, and Winnipeg, where he worked in the River East School Division, including service as the Principal of Springfield Heights School and John Henderson Junior High School (1970-1990). On 22 May 1954, he married high school sweetheart Elsie Genik and had two sons. An outdoorsman, his hobbies included fishing, hunting, and boating. He died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 6 May 2010.


Obituary [William Solar], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 February 1974, page 28.

Obituary [Katherine Solar], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 June 1992, page C32.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 May 2010, page C9.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 21 October 2019

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