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Memorable Manitobans: Bertrun Elwood “Bert” Glavin (1904-1972)

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Bertrun Elwood Glavin
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Businessman, school trustee.

Born at Spokane, Washington on 23 December 1904, son of John and Eva Glavin, the family moved to Manitoba in 1911 and settled at Rossburn. He attended Rossburn School then was employed as a Bank of Toronto teller at Edmonton, Alberta (1924-1929). He was the Assistant Office Manager for International Harvester at Brandon from 1929 to 1939 then he worked in Winnipeg at Dominion Fur Auction Sales Limited (1939-1943) prior to enlistment in the Canadian Army in May 1943. He was awarded the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and was discharged with the rank of Sergeant.

He served as a trustee and Chair of the River East School Division (1959-1962, 1965-1967, 1972), a member of the Manitoba Association of School Trustees (1966-1970, President 1968-1969), an executive of the Western Canada School Trustees Conference (1968-1969), a member of the East Kildonan Scholarship Fund (1961-1972), a vestryman for St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, and President of the Brandon Kinsmen Club. On 25 September 1943, he married Viola Harriet Mallows (?-1995) at Ottawa, Ontario and they had two sons.

He died at Winnipeg on 10 August 1972. He is commemorated by Bertrun E. Glavin School in Winnipeg.


1916 and 1921 Canada censes, Ancestry.

“Brandon Little Theatre group scores success,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 April 1933, page 3.

“Matthews and Leach speak in Brandon,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 October 1935, page 3.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 August 1972, page 18.

“School division man dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 August 1972, page 8.

On the Sunny Slopes of the Riding Mountains: A History of Rossburn and District, Volume 2 by Rossburn History Club, 1984. [Manitoba Legislative Library]

Obituary [Viola Harriet Glavin], Winnipeg Free Press, 23 November 1995, page D10.

A historical look at River East Transcona School Division, 1959-2002,” River East Transcona School Division, 2018.

Second World War Service files, Library and Archives Canada.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 January 2019

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