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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Ambrose Farenhurst (1907-1977)


Born at Galt, Ontario on 7 December 1907, he received an education at several places in Canada, graduating with a BSc degree (and later a BEd degree) from the University of Manitoba. In 1928, he began a life-long teaching career, including service at Huns Valley School (1929-1933) and Oakville School (1936-1939, Principal). In the early 1940s, he joined the staff of the Winnipeg School Division as a teacher at St. John’s High School but left soon after to enlist in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War.

After training as a navigator, he was a Flying Officer in the Coastal Command. After the war, he remained in the military for an additional year to work with Veterans’ Affairs. He returned to St. John’s in 1946, later being appointed Vice-Principal of Greenway School (1954-1956) and later as Principal of Wellington School (1956-1958), David Thompson School (1958-1968), and Aberdeen School (1968-1972). During this period, he was active in the Winnipeg Teachers’ Society, serving for a year as its Vice-President. He retired in June 1972. On 14 April 1941, he married Florence Mae Shirtliffe in Winnipeg and they had one daughter, Anne Cecilia Farenhurst (wife of Mr. Hicks).

He died at Winnipeg on 1 July 1977 and was buried in the Blessed Sacrament Cemetery.


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

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 July 1977, page 32.

Winnipeg estate files (ATG 0025A), #1960/77 Thomas A. Farenhurst, GR4630, Archives of Manitoba.

We thank Nathan Kramer and Denise Kolesar for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 October 2020

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