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Memorable Manitobans: William Astley Tearle Fyles (1894-1976)


Born at Quyon, Quebec on 23 December 1894, eldest son of Reverend William A. Fyles (1864-1946) and Susan J. G. Fyles (1871-?), he was educated locally prior to moving to Manitoba between 1906 and 1911. He earned BA (1922), BEd (1949), MA (1953), and MEd degrees from the University of Manitoba. A student at the time of the First World War, in April 1915 he enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces and was twice wounded while serving overseas. He attained the rank of Lieutenant prior to his military discharge, after which he worked in rural Manitoba as Principal of Wellwood School (1919). His career in education continued in St. James, before joining the Winnipeg School Division, teaching at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate (1923-1933) and Gordon Bell High School (1933-1949) before being appointed Vice-Principal (1949-1960) of Kelvin High School. In June 1960, he retired and a reception in his honour was held at the school. On 15 July 1924, he married teacher Emma Irene Steen at Carberry and they subsequently had three children: Elizabeth “Betty” Fyles (wife of Ralph Mitchell Jell), Dr. T. William Fyles, and John Manning “Jack” Fyles (1931-1982). He died at the Health Sciences Centre on 23 March 1976.


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

1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

Marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Rev. W.A. Fyles], Winnipeg Free Press, 23 July 1946, page 2.

“City Doctor awarded U.S. fellowship,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 December 1951, page 3.

“University lists 986 for degrees, diplomas, awards [Master of Arts],” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 May 1953, page 3.

“Students at Kelvin honor Vice-Principal,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 June 1960, page 2.

“Reception is honor for Margaret Ottley,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 September 1961, page 17.

Obituary [Charles Douglas Fyles], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 November 1962, page 40.

“Jell - Fyles,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 July 1963, page 16.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 25 March 1976, page 39.

Obituary [John Manning Fyles], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 January 1982, page 24.

Obituary [Irene Fyles], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 October 1985, page 49.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 1 July 2017

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