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Memorable Manitobans: Leslie Wilmot Wiley (1910-1996)


Born at Northern Ireland on 19 October 1910, son of John Dixon Wiley (1882-1929) and Mary Ellen Stuart (1874-1931), he immigrated to Canada with his parents in 1913, settling at Winnipeg. He attended grade school and the University of Manitoba. He taught at Salisbury School (1929-1937) and Polson School (1941-1942). During the Second World War, he served as a signalman with the Radar Branch of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals and married Alice Rowan Gray at Winnipeg on 26 December 1942. Following his military discharge, he returned to spend his teaching career in East Kildonan, at Lord Wolseley School (1949-1950), prior to becoming Principal of Lord Wolseley School (1952-1959). He went on to be Supervisor of Teachers in the East Kildonan School District from 1959 until retirement, and moved to British Columbia around 1970. He resided at Victoria until the passing of his wife, after which he lived with relatives at Sardis by 1985. He died at Chilliwack on 14 December 1995 and he was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

“Mrs J. D. Wiley dies after brief illness,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 November 1931, page 10.

“Alice M. Rowan now becomes Mrs. L.W. Wiley,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 December 1942, page 7.

“East Kildonan school bell to call scholars Sept. 6,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 august 1949, page 3.

“City girl’s safety slogan wins prize,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 June 1955, page 22.

“The School District of East Kildonan No. 14,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 November 1959, page 26.

“Munroe HS plans tea on Thursday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 March 1960, page 16.

“Two E. Kildonan schools plan anniversary tea,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 May 1965, page 12.

Obituary [Alice Rowan Gray Wiley], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 December 1971, page 26.

Obituary [Alice Rowan Wiley], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 June 1972, page 17.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 2 January 1996, page C8.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Muff Parish family tree, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 22 May 2021

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