Memorable Manitobans: Melvin “Mel” Borody (1922-2010)
Born at Oakburn on 20 January 1922, son of Steve Borody (1886-1971) and Frances Sitko (1892-1987), he was educated at Shoal Lake School before entering the Winnipeg Normal School in 1939. In later years, he would earn BA and BEd degrees from the University of Manitoba. In March 1943, he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force, after which he returned home and resumed teaching, at Sandy Lake School (1947), Hardy School (?-?), and Elam School (?-?).
On 12 July 1950, he married Audrey Olga Wasylenko at the Holy Ghost Greek Catholic Church in Sandy Lake. The couple had two children and initially settled at Tyndall. He taught at Selkirk Collegiate Institute (1951-1952) before moving to East Kildonan, where he was Vice-Principal of Lord Wolseley School (1952-1955), Prince Edward School (1955-1959), and Melrose Junior High School (1959-1960), as well as Principal of Hampstead School (1960-1985), after which he retired. Pastimes included square dancing, theatre events, and cottage life at Lac Lu.
He died at the Concordia Hospital on 13 March 2010.
“Normal School boys honor enlisting classmate,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 March 1943, page 22.
“Sandy Lake wedding is mid-July event,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 July 1950, page 17.
“E. Kildonan teaching staff announced,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 September 1953, page 22.
Obituary [Steve Borody], Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 1971, page 21.
Obituary [Michael Sitko], Winnipeg Free Press, 16 April 1982, page 26.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 March 2010, page C8.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 March 2010.
Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Gordon Goldsborough for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 9 June 2021