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Memorable Manitobans: Valdimir Jónason Eylands (1901-1983)


Born in Hunavatnssyla in northwestern Iceland on 3 March 1901, he was educated at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was ordained in 1925, then took a BA at Concordia College. After pastoral service in North Dakota and Washington state, he came to the First Lutheran Church in Winnipeg in 1938, serving until 1968. He baptized 1,410 children, conducted 1,066 funerals, and celebrated 844 weddings. In 1945 he published Lutherans in Canada as well as Iceland’s Thousand Years, a series of popular lectures in Icelandic history. He was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of the Falcon by the Icelandic government, and he received an honorary doctorate from United College in 1953. His autobiography was published in 1981 in Iceland.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

The First Pastors, First Lutheran Church.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 April 2022

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