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Memorable Manitobans: Edgar Herman Van Wyck (1904-1994)

Farmer, gardener.

Born at Roland in 1904, he lived and farmed his entire life in the vicinity except for four years of service with the Royal Canadian Artillery during the Second World War. On 8 November 1930, he married Jean Hambley Moffatt (1909-2009) at Roland and they had four children. He was member of the Roland United Church, Roland Curling Club, Roland Legion, Roland 4H, and Haywire Hockey Club. He served on the boards of Utopia School and Roland School. In his later years, he became an avid gardener, showing his massive pumpkins for ten consecutive years at the Toronto Winter Fair, and being mentioned in the Guiness Book of Records for his 423-pound specimen grown in 1976. He died at Morden on 7 December 1994 and was buried in the Fairview Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Roland Pumpkin Monument (Roland, RM of Roland)

Sources:

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 December 1994, page 36.

Obituary [Jean Hambley Van Wyck], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 January 2009.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 June 2022

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