Memorable Manitobans: Peter Frederick Kutcher (1918-2013)
Educator, community activist.
Born at Sclater on 23 June 1918, son of Michael and Anna Kutcher, he attended Beaver Creek School (grades 1-6) and Makinak School (grades 7-11), then completed grade 12 by correspondence. After attending the Central Normal School to obtain his teaching certificate, he taught at Gilbert School (1937-1939), Erinview School (1939-1941), and Stacpoole School (1941-1942).
In April 1942, just three days after marrying Johanna “Jennie” Johnson, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and worked for three years as a radio and radar technician in England, Scotland, France, and Belgium. Following his return from military service in late 1945, he returned to teaching as the Principal at Cloverdale School (1946-1947), Oakner School (1947-1954), Plum Coulee School (1954-1961), Cypress River School (1961-1963), Austin School (1963-1964), and Morden Collegiate (1964-1979). While teaching, he completed night and summer classes to earn BA, BEd, and MEd degrees from the University of Manitoba. He retired in June 1979.
Active in amateur sports, he was a member of the Plum Coulee Pirates baseball team between 1955 and 1960, for which he was subsequently inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame. He was the first Chair of the Manitoba Wild Gobblers Association (1956) and help to successfully introduce wild turkeys brought from South Dakota into Manitoba. He was Treasurer of the Morden Rifle Club for 24 years. From 1968 to 1976 he was a member of the Morden Recreation Commission which oversaw the development and construction of a new Recreation Centre.
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 May 2013, page C8.
We thank Audrey Blommaert for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 3 February 2014
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