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Memorable Manitobans: Nykola “Nicholas” Kosowan (1912-1974)


Born at Arbakka on 16 May 1912, son of Ukrainian immigrants Gorasz Kosowan and Domka Safriuk, he attended Central Normal School then began working as a teacher at Sunbeam School (1936-1937, 1942-1943), later serving as the Principal of Vermette School (1943-1950) and St. Avila West School (1959-1960), and Teaching Vice-Principal (c1961-1974) at St. Avila East School, where he continued until his death. He and his wife Rose (?-1982) had four children and lived at 50 Kings Drive. He was an Elder Brother of the Holy Trinity Church and a member of the Order of St. Andrews. He died at Winnipeg on 22 May 1974 and was buried in Glen Eden Memorial Garden. He is commemorated by the Nick Kosowan Award for all-around student excellence at St. Avila School.


Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1916 Canada census, Ancestry.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 May 1974, page 25.

Winnipeg Estate file PR91-01-24141, Rose Kosowan, Archives of Manitoba.

Obituary [Andrew Joseph Belton], Winnipeg Free Press, 10 March 1995, page C6.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 21 October 2017

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