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Memorable Manitobans: Henry Benjamin Bees (c1886-1968)


Born in England around 1886, he came to Manitoba in 1912 where he was a teacher at Norfolk School (1918), Clanwilliam School (1919), and Iris School (1920), and Principal at Greenridge School (1921-1922), Miniota Municipal School at Beulah (1922-1930), Crandall School (1930-1932), Russell School (1932-1934), Angus School (1934-1937), Lac du Bonnet School (1937-1939), Langruth School (1939-1940), Kirkella School (1940-1941), Kelwood School (1942-1943), Amaranth School (1943-1945), and Dugald School (1949-1951). On 27 December 1921, he married Helen Gertrude McLeod (c1899-1974) at Winnipeg. They had six children: Henry George Bees (1920-2005), William D. “Bill” Bees, Margery Bees, Katherine Elinor Bees (c1927-2001, wife of James R. Furness), Bevereley Bees, and Helen Elizabeth Bees (c1938-2012, wife of Alvin J. Spencer). He died at Brandon on 16 June 1968 and was buried in the Garry Memorial Park.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 June 1968, page 23.

Obituary [Helen McLeod Bees], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 April 1974, page 33.

Forest to Field: Centennial History of Rural Municipality of Clanwilliam and Village of Erickson, Manitoba, Canada by Clanwilliam History Book Committee, 1984, page 123.

Obituary [Katherine Elinor Furness], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 November 2001.

Obituary [Henry George Bees], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 December 2005.

Obituary [Helen Elizabeth Spencer], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 September 2012.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Nathan Kramer and Barbara Botelho for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 March 2019

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