Memorable Manitobans: Vivian Clarkson “Clark” Hardy (1897-1982)
Born at Winnipeg on 12 March 1897, son of Robert J. Hardy and Agnes Hossack, he was educated at St. John’s High School. In 1916, he enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force and served overseas with the 11th Field Ambulance of the Canadian Army Medical Corps until his discharge in 1919.
He spent two years at the University of Manitoba then began a long teaching career that began in rural Manitoba, including service as the Principal of Arden School (1928-1929) and Wingham School (1929-1931). In 1931, he joined the teaching staff of St. James Collegiate, remaining there until 1947 (interrupted by service in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1941 to 1945) when he was appointed Principal of MacGregor School, serving there until 1951. He was then Principal of Dominion City School (1951-1952) and Lac du Bonnet School (1952-1958). Prior to retirement in 1961, he spent a year as the Principal of The Pas School (1958-1959), Happy Thought School (1959-1960), and Walter Whyte School (1960-1961). He retired to Lac du Bonnet where he was active in community life.
He was a pioneer member of the CCF and NDP, a vestryman of St. John’s Anglican Church, and a member of the Manitoba Teachers Society from 1923 to the time of his death, which occurred at Pinawa on 15 April 1982.
Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.
Obituary, Lac du Bonnet Leader, 27 April 1982, page 17.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 5 August 2022