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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Stanley “Stan” McGill (1909-1994)

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Robert Stanley McGill
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Educator.

Born on a farm near Neelin on 13 September 1909, son of George Colin McGill (1867-1944) and Helen Moir (1870-1955), brother of Wesley S. McGill, he was educated at Huntly School, Belmont School, and Brandon College, graduating from the latter in 1931 (also obtaining a BEd in 1961). He then began teaching, starting at a salary of $55 per month. He served successively as the Principal of Erickson School (1933-1935), Alexander School (1935-1938), Sanford School (1938-1939), Carberry School (1939-1941), Belmont School (1941-1946), Crystal City School (1946-1953), and Killarney School (1953-1970). He retired in 1970. On 1 July 1939, he married fellow teacher Ruth Elaine Dobson (1916-2011) at Winnipeg. They had two daughters, Rosalind Elaine McGill (wife of W. J. Ripat and Dick Dearing) and Joyce Maureen McGill (1947-1976, wife of D. J. Marr). He died at his Killarney home on 30 December 1994 and was buried in the Killarney Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

Birth announcement [Rosalind Elaine McGill], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 September 1942, page 8.

Obituary [Mrs. Colin McGill], Belmont News, 20 January 1955, page 1.

“Ripat - McGill,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 June 1964, page 19.

Obituary [Joyce Maureen Marr], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 December 1976, page 67.

“School gave boost to education,” Brandon Sun, 13 May 1981, page 8.

Reflections 1882-1982, A Community History of the Rural Municipality of Turtle Mountain and the Town of Killarney by J. A. Victor David Museum Committee and New Horizons Committee, Killarney, 1982, page 416.

Obituary [Herbert Alexander McGill], Brandon Sun, 15 September 1989, page 8.

Obituary, Brandon Sun, 2 January 1995, page 22.

Obituary [Ruth Elaine McGill], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 October 2011.

We thank Jane McDonald for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 February 2019

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