Memorable Manitobans: William Raymond “Ray” Hooper (1920-2005)
Born in Wales on 25 March 1920, son of Mr. T. Hooper, he accompanied the family to Canada in 1927 and grew up at Bowsman. After attending Normal School, he began teaching at Swan River School for the 1943-1944 school year and there met fellow teacher Winnifred Emily “Winnie” Jacques. They married at the St. James Anglican Church in Winnipeg on 6 July 1949. The couple settled at Portage la Prairie and had two daughters. He was a teacher and athletics director (1949-?) at the Portage Collegiate Institute prior to being named Principal of Prince Charles School (1968-1971). He also served as Vice-President of the Portage Chamber of Commerce (1949-1950). He died at the Portage District General Hospital on 22 April 2005 and was buried in the Columbarium of Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
“H. Carmichael elected President of Portage C of C,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 June 1949, page 4.
“Father officiates at wedding of Winnifred Jacques,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 July 1949, page 15.
“Portage grid team honored,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 November 1949, page 24.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 April 2005, page 24.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 6 November 2016
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