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Memorable Manitobans: William John “Bill” Dutka (?-2008)


Born in Manitoba, son of John and Martha Dutka, he was educated at Tolstoi School, Emerson School, and University of Manitoba (BSc, BEd), and he taught at Tolstoi School No. 2 (1940-1942). During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force and, following his discharge in 1945, he served as the Principal of Amaranth School (1945-1946), Hazelridge School (1946-1950), Tilston School (1950-1951), Grosse Isle School (1951-1961), and 17 years at Warren Collegiate. In recognition of his community service, he received a Canadian Centennial Medal (1967) and a Manitoba Centennial Medal (1970). He died on 2 August 2008 and was buried in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.


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

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 August 2008.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 April 2019

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