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Memorable Manitobans: Clarence Edgar “Curly” Heapy (1905-1981)


Born at Oak River on 14 October 1905, third son of Edgar James Heapy (1873-1941) and Margaret Alice Chisholm (1872-1929), brother of Wilfrid Dickson Heapy, he was educated at Maplewood School, Oak River Consolidated School, and Brandon College. He completed Normal School at Winnipeg and began a 40-year teaching career. His first charge, in 1926, was Happy Lake School in the San Clara area. In the fall of 1926 he became Principal of McAuley High School, serving for over five years. In 1931 he moved to Sinclair School and, two years later, became Principal of Oakwood School at Oak Lake where he remained until retirement in 1966.

On 24 September 1927, he married Clara Henry (1908-1999) at Brandon. They had three children: Lois Elaine Heapy (wife of Clarence W. Vincent), Margaret Heapy (wife of Stuart Taylor), and Gerald Heapy. In recognition of his community service, he received a Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal (1953), Manitoba Good Citizenship Award (1963), and a certificate of merit from the Canadian Red Cross Society (1981). He was made a life member of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society, Western Manitoba Teachers Association, and Manitoba Education Association.

He died at Brandon on 10 December 1981 and was buried in the Oak Lake Cemetery.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Golden wedding anniversary,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 September 1977, page 79.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 December 1981, page 62.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 August 2019

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