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Memorable Manitobans: Bodvar Jon Skuli [Bodvarsson] Bodvarson (1911-1972)


Born at Geysir on 18 July 1911, son of Timoteus “Timi” Bodvarsson (1885-?) and Sesselja “Sella” Skielason (1889-1967), he was educated at the Central Normal School and received BA (1948), BEd (1960), and BSc (?) degrees from the University of Manitoba. He taught at Pulvers Lake School (1931-1932), Stony Point School (1932), Rackham School (1937-1938), Ardal School (?-?), and Hecla Island School (?-?), and served as the Principal of Ashern School (1940-1941), Pierson School (1941-1943), Tyndall School (1943-1944), St. Andrews School (1944-1946), Headingley School (c1948), Arden School (1951-1952), Lundar School (1955-1956), and Steep Rock School (1959-1961). He died unmarried at Gimli on 20 August 1972 and was buried in the Geysir Cemetery.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada Census, Automated Genealogy.

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

“Department of Education announces pass list for grade eleven and twelve [Grace XI - Honors],” Manitoba Free Press, 30 July 1927, page 8.

“Five escape as flames raze hotel,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 March 1948, page 1.

“New graduates are listed by faculties [Bachelor of Arts - General Course],” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 May 1949, page 8.

“B. Ed,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 May 1961, page 53.

Obituary [Sesselja Bovdavsson], Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1967, page 32.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 25 August 1972, page 16.

Obituary [Hulda Ragnhildur Bjornson], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 April 1998, page 43.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing addition information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 March 2019

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