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Memorable Manitobans: Lawrence Peter Suchar (1933-2015)


Born at the family homestead in Poplarfield on 1 February 1933, son of Peter Suchar (c1898-1981, later remarried to Felicia) and Anna Marko (c1910-1969), he earned a BA degree (1967) from the University of Manitoba. During his 37-year career in education, he taught at several Manitoba schools including Leeland School (1950-1951), Edward E. Best School (1954-1955), and Luxton School (1957-1958), prior to becoming Principal of Springfield School (1961-1966). He met Stephanie Jean Kostiw (c1935-2007) in 1962 and the couple, who married in 1965, moved to Pinawa soon after and had three children. He continued his career locally, as Principal of F. W. Gilbert School until they moved to Snow Lake in 1981, where he was Principal of Joseph H. Kerr School. He retired in 1988 and they returned to Pinawa in 1994. He died at Red River Place in Selkirk on 2 December 2015.


Marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

“More than 2,000 will graduate at 89th exercises,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 May 1968, page 14.

Obituary [Anna Suchar], Winnipeg Free Press, 14 February 1969, page 34.

“Pinawa,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 May 1974, page 53.

Obituary [Peter Suchar], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 February 1981, page 54.

“The School District of Snow Lake,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 May 1986, page 44.

“School board rejects parents as lunch-break supervisors,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 September 1986, page 10.

Obituary [Alexander Suchar], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 December 1995, page C6.

Obituary [Caroline Kostiw], Winnipeg Free Press, 2 March 1999, page C8.

Obituary [Stephanie Jean Suchar], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 April 2007, page 38.

Obituary [Felicia Suchar (1906-2008)], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 April 2008, page 32.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 December 2015, page B9.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 25 December 2019

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