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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Bell (1913-1996)

Educator.

Born at Winnipeg on 16 November 1913, son of Sarah Wimbles, he lived at Elkhorn, Edrans, and Selkirk before returning to Winnipeg in 1927 where he attended Greenway School, Selkirk Collegiate, and Daniel McIntyre Collegiate, graduating from the latter in 1931. He attended the Central Normal School (1931-1932) then taught at Chatfield School (?-?), Inwood School (?-?), Central St. Paul School (1937-1938), and George V School (?-?). During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force (1942-1945) then attended United College in 1945 and 1946. He was Principal of the Nesbitt School (1945-1946) then returned to Winnipeg where he taught for 25 years in the Winnipeg School Division, including Robert H. Smith School, and service as the Principal or Vice-Principal of River Heights School (1948, 1960-1965), Alexandra School (1958-1960), J. B. Mitchell School (1965-1970), and Isaac Newton School (1970-1973). He retired in 1973. He died at the Grace Hospital on 22 April 1996.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Principal to retire,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 May 1973, page 39.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 April 2020

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