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Memorable Manitobans: Peter Drosdowech (1927-2015)


Born at Dauphin in 1927, son of Paul Drosdowech (1896-1983) and Anastasia “Nellie” Mymko (1903-2006), he grew up at Gilbert Plains and attended Brickburn School, St. Andrew’s College, University of Winnipeg, and University of Manitoba (BA, BEd). He worked as a house painter, beekeeper, truck driver, and radio announcer at CKDM in Dauphin before embarking on a career in education. He taught at Kelwood School (one year) followed by 37 years in the St. Vital School Division that included service at Glenlawn Collegiate (History, Guidance and Counselling, 1957-1961), a Vice-Principal, Principal of Glenwood School (1963-1978) and Hastings School (?-?), and Executive Assistant to the Superintendent. On 29 July 1961, he married fellow teacher Norma Johnson and they had four daughters. He was a founding member of the St. Vital Optimist Club, managed Clear Lake Lodge, and was a guide for tours to Ukraine. In 2003, he compiled, translated, and published a collection of his mother’s memoirs as Nellie Remembers ... The Way It Was. He died at Winnipeg on 3 February 2015.


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

“Drosdowech - Johnson,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 August 1961, page 14.

“Meet Peter Drosdowech,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 March 1989, page 83.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 February 2015.

Obituary [Anastasia Drosdowech], Dauphin Herald, 21 March 2006, page 42.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 November 2017

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