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Memorable Manitobans: Willard Elwin [Fyfe] Fife (1873-1944)


Born at AIliston, Ontario on 25 July 1873, son of Robert Fife (1838-1915) and Sarah Jane Scythes (1839-1914), he became a teacher and was first married to Deborah Susan Whiteside (1882-1904) in Simcoe County on 8 July 1903. He worked as an accountant before coming to Manitoba where he married Edith Amanda [Amelia] Teskey (1877-1942) at Winnipeg, on 7 September 1915. They took up residence at Buchanan, Saskatchewan where he enlisted, in March 1916, with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He took military training at Camp Hughes but was discharged as medically unfit in October of the same year. He taught in the St. Boniface School District, including at Tache School (1920-1923), until resigning in August 1923. He later worked as the Principal of Winnipegosis School (1924-1927), Stony Mountain School (1928-1930), and Neepawa Collegiate Institute (1930-1931). He retired to Winnipeg and lived at 115 Donald Street. He died of a heart attack on 31 January 1944 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.


1926 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Ontario marriage registrations, Ancestry.

Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

“Seeking better school results,,” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 August 1923, page 11.

“Second teacher leave school,,” Winnipeg Tribune, 22 August 1923, page 11.

Obituary [Mrs. Wilfred Fife, sic], Winnipeg Tribune, 10 September 1942, page 17.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 1 February 1944, page 5.

Death notice, Winnipeg Tribune, 3 February 1944, page 16.

Brookside Cemetery burial transcriptions, Edith Amelia Fife & Willard Elwin Fyfe, City of Winnipeg.

Duncan-Miller family tree, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 20 July 2019

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