Memorable Manitobans: George Melvin Newfield (1904-1977)
Born at Horndean on 23 May 1904, son of Gerhard Neufeld and Elizabeth Martens, brother of Cornelius Calvin Neufeld, he worked for 46 years as a teacher, starting as a permit teacher at Houston School, in 1923. He attended the Central Normal School then taught at Goodwill School (1925-1926).
He was the teaching Principal at Oak Bluff School (1926-1929) then worked at the Dominion Business College in Winnipeg while completing a BA degree. He returned to Oak Bluff from 1931 to 1936, then was a high school teacher at St. James Collegiate (1936-1937). From 1937 to 1950, he taught commercial subjects at St. John’s Technical High School, becoming the Vice-Principal of Machray School (1951-1952). He was Principal of Somerset School (1952-1956) and Hugh John Macdonald School (1956-1969). He retired in 1969 then taught for a year at the Faculty of Education in the University of Manitoba. He served on the Executive of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society for 12 years, was the Editor of The Manitoba Teacher, was first President of the Faculty of Education Alumni, and served on committees of the Manitoba Centennial Corporation. He was made a Fellow to the Canadian College of Teachers (1966) and eceived a Canada Centennial Medal (1967).
He died at Winnipeg on 28 December 1977 and was buried in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens. He was survived by his second wife and his two children, Harvey Newfield and Joyce Alexander.
Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Teacher honored,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 July 1966.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 December 1977, page 79.
We thank Gerald Neufeld for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 2 December 2022