Memorable Manitobans: Harry Herbert Galan (1922-2007)
Born on a farm at Wisla on 17 August 1922, one of five children of Alexander Galan (1888-1970) and Maria Pekaruk (1893-1978), he attended Normal School around 1941 then began working as a teacher. He taught at Balsam Bay School (1941-1942), Flower School (1945-1946), and other schools in rural Manitoba. After completing a BSc degree at the University of Manitoba (1949), he returned to teaching and worked at the Gimli Public School (1949-1951) and was the Principal of Whitemouth School (1951-1952). In 1952, he moved to Winnipeg where he taught in the Winnipeg School Division, including service at Lord Selkirk School (1953-1954), King Edward School (1954-1957), and Isaac Newton School (1957-1960). Around 1962, he moved to the Charleswood School District where he was Principal at Royal School (1963-1965), Dieppe School (1966-1980), and Chapman School (1981-1984). He and his wife retired to Kelowna, British Columbia where he died on 19 November 2007.
Birth registration [Harry Galan], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
Obituary [Alexander Galan], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 February 1970, page 32.
From the Past to the Present, 1898-1987 by Parkland Ukrainian Pioneer Association, circa 1988, page 28. [Legislative Library of Manitoba, Rare Book Collection F5648.P36 Fro]
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 November 2007.
Obituary [Caroline Galan Lebid], Brandon Sun, March 2009.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Alan Mason and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 22 January 2023