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Memorable Manitobans: Harold Preston Moffat (1906-1998)

Educator, school inspector.

Born on the family farm in the RM of Portage la Prairie on 17 January 1906, son of James Moffat and Isabella Jones, he attended a one-room school in the Lakeland area, the Portage Collegiate, and University of Manitoba, earning BA, BEd, and MEd degrees at the latter institution. His teaching career included service at a Hutterite Colony, and Principalships at Manson School (1930-1931), Erickson School (1931-1933), and Grey School (1933-1935). He spent 12 years at Portage Collegiate where, in addition to his teaching duties, he was Athletic Director and Officer Commanding of the Portage Cadet Battalion. In 1947, he was appointed a Manitoba School Inspector, based at The Pas (1947-1957) and Winnipeg (1957-1959). He was then appointed Manitoba’s first Director of Teaching Certification and he held the position until retirement in 1971, afterward spending two years teaching high school science at Melbourne, Australia. He died at Winnipeg on 13 March 1998.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 March 1998, page 28.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 November 2013

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