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Memorable Manitobans: Tom Derhak (1940-2008)


Born on 14 July 1940, he served with the Naval Reserve as a Sea Cadet in 1960 retiring his Commission in the late 1970s as an Executive Officer. He joined the Winnipeg Fire Department in 1961 retiring in 2000 as the Acting Deputy Chief. He spent several years as a Training Officer with the Fire Department Training Branch and furthered his education in Public Sector Management.

He was an active Mason, being a member of the Ancient Landmark #3 and the Khartum Temple. He was Assistant Director of Works Operation of the Shrine Circus, Manpower Chairman of the Shrine Circus Committee, and a member of the Executive of Khartum Temple. He served on the Board of Directors of Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital and was on the Board for Koates for Kids. In January 2000 he became Potentate of Khartum Temple of the Shrine of North America.

He retired to Florida then moved to Bridgwater, Nova Scotia after a few years. He died at Halifax, Nova Scotia on 19 July 2008.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 July 2008.

“Manitobans’ Legacy a Better Province,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 January 2009, page B3.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 March 2016

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