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Memorable Manitobans: Virgil Elroy Holmes (1927-1986)

Educator, administrator.

Born at Brownlee, Saskatchewan on 29 August 1927, the youngest son of Edgar Holmes and Margaret Holmes, he attended Cartwright School and graduated with a BA degree from United College (1950). He worked for MacDonald Brothers Aircraft until 1956 then returned to university to take a BEd degree (1957). In 1954, he married Lillian June Murdoch (1925-1980) and they resided at Winnipeg before moving to Pilot Mound, where he was Principal of Pilot Mound School (1959-1965). He was later Principal of Arthur Meighen High School (1966-1969), after which he was Assistant Superintendent (1969-1973) and Superintendent (1973-1986) of the Portage la Prairie School Division. He served a term as President of the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents (1980-1981). He died at Portage la Prairie on 25 March 1986 and was buried in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens.


Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 27 March 1986, page 47.

Obituary [Lillian June Holmes], Winnipeg Free Press, 1 December 1980, page 49.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 5 May 2014

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