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Memorable Manitobans: William John Birtles (?-2017)

Educator, artist.

Born at Alexander, his high school education was completed at St. John’s College School. He taught on permit before attending the Provincial Normal School, from which he graduated in 1952. He later received BFA and BEd degrees from the University of Manitoba. He taught in rural and urban schools around Manitoba, including Lord Roberts School (1960-1962) and Cecil Rhodes School (1965-1966), the northern parts of the province, and in the United Kingdom. His drawings, paintings, and sculptures are held in private and public collections in Canada, United States, and United Kingdom. In 2002, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of his community service. He died at Winnipeg on 25 June 2017. He is commemorated by the William J. Birtles Award for Sculpture.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 June 2017.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 June 2017

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