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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Barda (1923-1999)

Community activist.

Born at Kuty, Ukraine on 11 April 1923, he was sent to Germany at age 19 as forced labour during the Nazi occupation of Ukraine. He met his wife, Mary, working in Ohringen and they married in 1945. In 1948, Barda departed for Canada, travelling by train to Portage la Prairie. Barda worked as a carpenter while the PMQs were being built and then he was hired by the Canadian National Railway as a sectionman. He helped to build St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Rivers, and was a cantor there, being deeply involved in the Ukrainian community in Rivers. He died there on 12 April 1999.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 April 1999, page 41.

This page was prepared by Kris Keen.

Page revised: 2 September 2020

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