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Memorable Manitobans: Frederick Alvin “Fred” Kirbyson (1913-2003)

Educator.

Born on a farm in the RM of Whitewater on 10 April 1913, son of John Richard Kirbyson (1876-1954) and Christina May Sellers (1881-1949), brother of William Sanford “Bill” Kirbyson, he attended Fairfax School and the Brandon Normal School (1931-1932). His teaching career began at the age of 17, at Overstone School, with a class of 53 students. He subsequently taught at Carroll School (?-?), Crandall School (?-?), and Earl Haig School (1940-1942). He was the Principal of Fairfax School (1942-1951), Hudson School (1964-1966), and McIsaac School (1966-1973). While teaching at Flin Flon, he obtained BA (1965, University of Ottawa) and BEd (1968, Brandon University) degrees. He retired in 1973 and returned to Brandon. There he taught adult classes at the Assiniboine Community College for two years and was Executive Secretary of the John Howard Society for six years. On 9 July 1957, he married Wilda Arlene Mitchell (1927-2006). They had no children. He died at Brandon on 11 September 2003.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1916 Canada census, Ancestry.

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

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

“40 years ago - June 1957,” Brandon Sun, 11 June 1997, page 8.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 September 2003.

Obituary [Wilda Arlene Kirbyson], Memories Chapel.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 December 2018

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