Memorable Manitobans: John Albert “Jack” George (1899-1970)
Educator, school inspector.
Born at Portage la Prairie on 27 August 1899, he was raised at Swan River where his father operated a harness business. He was educated at Swan River School, Wesley College (BA 1920), and the Saskatoon Teachers’ College (1921). He served as Principal of Medora School (1922-1925), Waskada School (1925-1934), Shoal Lake School (1934-1936), and Killarney School (1936-1938). In June 1938 he was appointed a School Inspector succeeding William Robertson Beveridge. He was President of the Manitoba Education Association and the Manitoba Inspectors’ Association. He retired in June 1965 and lived at Deloraine until 1968 when he moved to Winnipeg.
On 18 July 1925, he married Leita Irene Ballard (?-?) in the RM of Brenda. They had two children: John David George and Neva George Nicholls. He was a member of the Deloraine United Church, Masonic Order, and Deloraine Curling Club, and served for many years as Secretary of the Deloraine Red Cross Society.
He died at Winnipeg on 25 August 1970 and was buried in the Deloraine Cemetery. Following his death, his widow married his former college roommate Dwight Ridd.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 27 August 1970, page 34.
Deloraine Scans a Century by Deloraine History Book Committee, 1980, pages 454-455.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 14 November 2021