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Manitoba Photographers: John Harry Chic (1918-1990)

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Born at Merridale on 7 May 1918, son of Harry Chic (?-1949) and Anna Chervinski (?-1951), he was educated at Timber School and Goose Lake School then moved to Winnipeg where he worked with his sister in a restaurant business. Eventually he returned to Merridale to help with the family farm before purchasing his own farm. He purchased the Roblin Photo Studio in 1948, located in Roblin, and operated it until his death, taking photos in a wide range of areas, including class photos of one-room schoolhouses in the region. On 31 July 1958, he married Lucy Wiwchar and they had three children. He was a member of the Holy Redeemer Ukrainian Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. He played the drums in a group called the Rythym Rangers. He died at Roblin on 6 January 1990 and was buried in the Holy Redeemer Parish Cemetery. After his death, his wife continued to operate the photo studio until closing it in 2006.

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Main Street, Roblin


Second Avenue NW, Roblin


Obituary, Roblin Review, 16 January 1990, page 10.

We thank Lucy Chic for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 August 2019

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