Memorable Manitobans: Michael William “Mike” Moroz (1923-1991)
Born at Regina, Saskatchewan on 13 December 1923, son of Alexander Moroz and Barbara Moroz, he earned his teaching qualificiations and taught before serving overseas with No. 10 DD Royal Canadian Engineers during the Second World War. For his military service, he received the Defence Medal and the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Clasp. Returning home, he married Mary Hykawy (1924-2006) in 1949 and they had a son, Barry Moroz.
Within Manitoba, he taught at Finns School (1951-1957) and lived in the district for a time after the birth of his son. Upon moving to Gimli, he joined the teaching staff of the Gimli School District. He taught (1957-1965) and was Principal (1959-1961) of Gimli Public School and the Gimli Elementary Schools (1961-1965), and was Supervising Principal of the Gimli Elementary Schools (1965-1976), including Gimli Public School, Gimli School No. 2 / Sigurbjorg Stefansson School and George Johnson School.
He returned to the classroom at Sigurbjorg Stefansson School as a Teaching Vice-Principal (1976-1979). Upon retirement, he was gifted a set of golf clubs by his school colleagues along with a gold watch from the Evergreen School Board and engraved plaques from the Evergreen Teachers’ Association and Manitoba School Principals’ Association. He was a member of the Gimli Kinsmen Club, Rotary Club, and Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 182.
He moved to Winnipeg where he later died on 22 September 1991 and was buried in the Holy Family Cemetery.
“Gimli school honors teachers,” Arborg Lake Centre News, 17 July 1979, page 4.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 25 September 1991, page 35.
Obituary [Mary Moroz], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 September 2006, page 34.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 16 January 2023