Memorable Manitobans: Clarence I. Tillenius (1913-2012)
Born at Sandridge on 31 August 1913, he attended Clematis School, Sandridge School and Teulon High School. From an early age, he showed artistic talent, sketching and painting the landscape around his home. During the Great Depression, he lost his right arm in a construction accident, forcing him to learn to paint with his left arm.
He is most famous for his scenic dioramas at the Manitoba Museum and the National Museum of Canada. On 4 July 1942, he married teacher Ethel Anna Sankey and they had a son. Tillenius served as the President of the Manitoba Naturalists Society (1954-1956), and was a founding trustee of the Fort Whyte Nature Centre.
In 1970, he was given an honorary doctorate by the University of Winnipeg and an MHS Centennial Medal. He received an Ernest Thompson Seton Medal from the Manitoba Naturalists Society (1985) and he was inducted into the Order of Manitoba (2003) and Order of Canada (2005).
He died at Winnipeg on 22 January 2012.
Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary [Ethel Anna Tillenius], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 December 1989, page 33.
“Four Manitobans to receive Order of Canada,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 August 2005, page B1.
The Fort Whyte Story: Human. Nature. by Jake MacDonald, Winnipeg: FortWhyte Alive, 2009. ISBN 978-0-9813732-0-1.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 30 March 2022