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Memorable Manitobans: Leslie Leopold “Les” Kolt (c1928-2004)

Educator.

Born at Winnipeg around 1928, son of Marian [Maryan] Kolt (c1894-1971) and Anna Rywak (c1896-1987), he grew up at 1057 Manitoba Avenue and attended school locally, later graduating from the University of Manitoba with (BSc) and BEd (1959) degrees. In 1952, he joined the teaching staff of the Winnipeg School District and began a 38-year career in education, teaching at Principal Sparling School (1952-1954), Sargent Park School (1954-1960), Tec-Voc High School (1960-1962), and Sisler High School (1964-1969). Next, he returned to Sargent Park School as Vice-Principal (1969-1970), and was Principal of Margaret Scott School (1970-1972) and Lord Selkirk School (1974-1990). He retired in June 1990. On 12 July 1957, he married Frances Rose Mainer at St. Cuthbert’s Anglican Church and they had two sons. He died of leukemia at the Health Sciences Center on 15 June 2004 and his cremains were buried in the Brookside Cemetery.

Sources:

Marriage registrations [Maryan Kolt and Anna Rywak], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1926 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

“Science’s big three,” The Manitoban, 27 February 1951, page 5.

“Mr. and Mrs. J. V. Mainer [...],” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 June 1957, page 19.

“Mother entertains for Frances Mainer,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 July 1957, page 15.

“[Guests are coming ...],” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 July 1957, page 16.

“Lengthy studies lean to convocation honors [Bachelor of Education],” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 May 1960, page 15.

Obituary [Marian Kolt], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 March 1971, page 30.

“[Photo caption, Margaret Scott School],” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 June 1972, page 42.

Obituary [Anna Kolt], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 May 1987, page 38.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 June 2004.

Burial transcription, Brookside Cemetery, City of Winnipeg.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 21 June 2020

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