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Memorable Manitobans: Michael William Tataryn (1922-2014)


Born at Brooklands on 21 November 1922, son of Wasyl and Frances Tataryn, the family lived for a few years at Detroit, Michigan then in 1929 returned to Manitoba to farm south of Winnipeg. After graduation from St. Norbert High School in 1941, he taught at Meadow Portage School then attended the Central Normal School and graduated in 1943. He taught at Queen Elizabeth School in Howden for a time then was conscripted into the Canadian Army and served as a gunner from 1944 to 1946.

He returned from military service and was the Principal at Steep Rock School from 1946 to 1948. He then enrolled at the University of Manitoba and received BSc (1952) and BEd (1957) degrees. He was the Principal of Belmont School (1952-1953) and Pine Falls School (1958-1962), and also taught at Neepawa, Prince George (British Columbia), Dauphin, and Winnipeg. He served as Superintendent for a time then returned to teaching prior to retirement in 1985.

He died at Winnipeg on 26 October 2014 and was buried in the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery.


Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 November 2014.

We thank Frances Kasper and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 December 2021

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