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Memorable Manitobans: Lorne William Ferley (1934-2014)


Born on 22 November 1934, he taught in the Interlake in the 1950s, including a period at Union Prairie School (1953). He received a BSc degree from the University of Manitoba in 1960 then he joined the Norwood School Division, and taught Science at Nelson McIntyre Collegiate (1960-1971). He went on to be Principal of Archwood School (1971-1983) and King George Fifth School (1983-1989). After the closure of King George Fifth School, he continued working for the Norwood School Division, organizing their Continuing Education program. He also took up farming and was known for growing champion-sized pumpkins. He retired in 1991.

He played hockey with the Teulon Seniors around 1953, and was an Olympic Torch Bearer for the Portage Avenue and Main Street section of the Winnipeg relay with the 1988 Calgary Winter Games. He was a member of the Science Teachers’ Association of Manitoba, Science for the Handicapped Association, Manitoba Association for Life Long Learning, and Canadian Club of Winnipeg. He married his wife, Irene, around 1961 and had three children.

He died on 27 March 2014 and is commemorated with the Lorne W. Ferley Space Camp through the Manitoba Schools’ Science Symposium.


“Teulon defeats Gimli by 9-6 in lively game,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 January 1953, page 6.

“Bachelor of Science general course,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 May 1960, page 24.

“Science symposium honors founding member, Lorne Ferley,” Winnipeg Free Press Weekly, 9 June 1991 South Edition, page 5.

“Song promotes learning,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 August 1992, page C31.

“Celebrating 90 years at Nelson Mac,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 May 2004, page S3.

“For Winnipegger, a fond memory,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 April 2008, page A4.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 March 2014.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 22 September 2014

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