Memorable Manitobans: Harold Melville Stinson (1904-1977)
Born at Stonewall on 9 January 1904, son of Joseph Henry Stinson (1865-1941) and Florence Victoria McKie (1875-1949), he graduated with a BA degree from Wesley College (1927) then taught in rural Manitoba schools for a time, serving as the Principal of Riverton School (1930-1931) and Goose Lake School (1937-1941). During the Second World War, he was an instructor with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He later moved to Winnipeg where he taught at River East Collegiate until retirement in 1969. On 13 June 1931, he married schoolteacher Thorbjorg Aurora Sigvaldason (1908-1992) at Winnipeg and they had three children: H. Keith Stinson, Barry Stinson, and Sheila Stinson. He died at Winnipeg on 31 January 1977 and was buried in the Glen Eden Memorial Gardens.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 2 February 1977, page 96.
Obituary [T. Aurora Stinson], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 January 1992, page 18.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 8 February 2021