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Memorable Manitobans: Ernest “Ernie” Unruh (1926-2004)


Born at Lucky Lake, Saskatchewan on 22 April 1926, son of David Unruh and Olga Unruh, and later stepmother Agatha, he worked 23 years in Saskatchewan, as a businessman and politician, running against John Diefenbaker in 1958 as the Liberal candidate for the federal riding of Prince Albert. He also taught at First Nation schools in Prince Albert as well as Stony Mountain Penitentiary, before moving to Winnipeg in 1967. He joined the Winnipeg School Division staff in 1971, working at Isaac Newton School (1971-?), Aberdeen Junior High School (Principal, 1978-1981), Sisler High School (Vice-Principal, c1986), Sisler Middle School (Principal, c1986), and Churchill High School (Principal, ?-?). He retired from teaching but continued to work in the fields of insurance and confectionery. He and his wife, Sylvia Benoit, had four sons and two daughters. He died at the Concordia Hospital on 22 November 2004.


“How voting went across the nation,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 April 1958, page 31.

“New contract okayed,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 April 1978, page 6.

“Racist incidents rare, officials say,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 April 1981, page 5.

“Unruh - Campbell,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 October 1983, page 32.

“Separate settings urged for students,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 June 1986, page 13.

“Principals deny slow police response,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 September 1988, page 2.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 November 2004, page 23.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 20 February 2019

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