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Memorable Manitobans: William Jardine “Bill” Woodrow (1910-2005)


Born in the Rural Municipality of Pipestone on 20 September 1910, son of W. “James” Woodrow (1865-?) and Agnes Jardine (1865-?), he grew up near Virden. At first a rural teacher, he was Principal of Waskada School (1940-1941) then enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force, serving as a Navigator. On 15 July 1944, he married Carolyn Robertson at Knox United Church. The couple had two children.

After the Second World War, he joined the staff of the Winnipeg School Division, initially working at a teacher at Cecil Rhodes School (1945-1953) and St. John’s High School (1953-1956). He was Vice-Principal of Luxton School (1956-1961) and Principal of Florence Nightingale School (1961-1962), after which he was the Vice-Principal at Grant Park High School (1962-1969). He was involved with the St. James Library Board, Deer Lodge United Church, and the operating committee of Grant’s Old Mill. He retired to a cottage at Victoria Beach and died at the Grace Hospital on 26 January 2005.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Woodrow-Robertson,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 July 1944, page 6.

“Gateson-Woodrow,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 August 1971, page 22.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 January 2005, page B13.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 10 August 2015

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