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Memorable Manitobans: Norman Ernest Wright (1906-1957)


Born at Dunrea on 29 January 1906, son of William Wright and Emma Grove, he was educated at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate and the Winnipeg Normal School. He received an MA degree from the University of Manitoba. He taught school at various places in rural Manitoba, including Washow Bay School (1925-1926), and served as Principal of Mowat School (1927-1928), Ashern School (1928-1930), Bethany School (1930-1933), Tyndall School (1936-1940), MacGregor School (1952-1954), and Gimli School (?-1957). During the Second World War, he served four years in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

On 25 December 1928, he married Margaret Verna Brereton (1906-1991) of Winnipeg. They had eight children: Noreen Wright (wife of Joseph P. Judge), Beverly Wright (wife of Douglas Mackean), Marion Wright (wife of R. K. Weatherby), Valerie Wright, Lauralee Wright (wife of Dennis Fredrickson), Donald Wright, Robert Wright, and Graeme Wright (?-1962). In 1951, as President of the South Centre Liberal Association, he was an unsuccessful candidate in a by-election to the Manitoba Legislature.

He died at his home in Gimli on 19 February 1957 and was buried in Brookside Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 February 1957, page 25.

“School head, N. E. Wright, dies at Gimli,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 February 1957, page 34.

Pioneers of the Mowat School District No. 1232, 1904-1968 [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.M73 P10, circa 1968]

Obituary [Margaret Verna Wright], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 November 1991, page 53.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 May 2017

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