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Memorable Manitobans: Alvin James “Al” Hill (1922-2010)


Born at Kenton on 18 August 1922, son of John Thomas Hill and Mary Elizabeth English, he was educated at Harding School and Kenton School then trained as a radio operator at the Radio College of Canada at Toronto. During the Second World War, he served for several years with the Merchant Navy then transferred to the Royal Air Force Ferry Command. On 25 January 1943, he married Dorothy Jean Dodds (1919-1996) of Virden and they later had two children. After his military discharge, he returned to the family farm then attended the University of Manitoba, graduating with a commerce degree. He received teaching certification at Brandon College then served as the Principal of Margaret School (1956-1960) before moving to Killarney where he spent 21 years teaching mathematics, history, and other subjects at Killarney Collegiate. He was also Vice-Principal of the school (1962-1975). He retired in 1983 and remained at Killarney until 2008 when he relocated to Brandon. On 14 December 1997, he married Mary Smart. He died at Brandon on 6 July 2010 and was buried in the Rosewood Memorial Gardens.


“Century farm celebration held,” Hamiota Echo, 27 August 1981, page 4.

Obituary, Brandon Sun, 21 August 2010, page 22.

This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 January 2018

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