Memorable Manitobans: Ross Emerson Vasey (1910-2001)
Educator, school inspector.
Born at Deloraine on 22 December 1910, son of William Emerson Vasey (?-?) and Hattie May Condie (1884-1953), his early education was at Deloraine then he attended Brandon College (BA, McMaster) and the University of Saskatchewan (MEd). He taught school and was Principal at Isabella School (1932-1938), Elkhorn School (1938-1941), and Roland School (1941-1942). He then moved to Winnipeg where he taught at Robert H. Smith School (1944-1947) and Kelvin High School (1949-1956).
In 1956, he was appointed a Manitoba School Inspector based at Neepawa, where he remained for three years until he returned to Winnipeg to work in the Department of Education. He retired in 1975. He also taught in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba and, in retirement, taught English language and communication skills.
On 20 July 1935, he married fellow teacher Catherine Gwendolyn “Gwen” Thompson (1908-1941) at Winnipeg and they had twin daughters. He remarried Dorothy Mary Black (1920-2008) and had three more daughters, including Jane Elizabeth Vasey.
He died at Winnipeg on 12 October 2001.
Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
Rural Reflections, Volume 2: 1879-1982 by Isabella History Committee, 1982, page 380.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 October 2001, page 42.
Obituary [Dorothy Mary Vasey], Winnipeg Free Press, 1 February 2008.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 1 January 2023