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Memorable Manitobans: Ronald Smith Broadfoot (1911-1980)

Educator, businessman.

Born at Darlingford, Manitoba on 20 August 1911, son of John F. Broadfoot and Helen S. Smith, he moved with his family to Gladstone at the age of 1 year, and was educated at Gladstone School, Winnipeg Normal School, and the University of Manitoba (BA). He taught at Minitonas School and Strathclair School, and was the Principal of Isabella School (1938-1941) and Binscarth School (1941-1942). In 1942, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and was discharged in 1945 with the rank of Flying Officer. He went into the insurance business with his father at Gladstone, retiring in 1977. Active in community affairs, he was President of the Gladstone Chamber of Commerce, President of the Gladstone Legion, a town councillor, and a trustee for the Pine Creek School Division. He died at Gladstone on 18 November 1980.

Sources:

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 November 1980, page 67.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 May 2013

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