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Memorable Manitobans: Richard Nielsen (1914-1997)


Born on the family farm near Goodlands on 6 June 1914, son of Danish immigrants Christian Nielsen and Andrea Sine Sorenson, he attended Lennox School and the Central Normal School. He began teaching at a one-room schoolhouse south of Killarney then at Lennox School and Crandall School, where he met his first wife, Dorothy Mildred Lints (1895-1979). They were married in 1943. He taught at McConnell School and Dand School (1946-1950) and served as the Principal of Carroll School (1950-1954) and Glenboro School (1954-1959). In the late 1950s, he took an Arts degree at Brandon College then taught at the Brandon Collegiate for the rest of his career. He married Helen Mabel Cox (1913-1997) in 1981. He died at Brandon on 23 December 1997 and was buried in the Rosewood Memorial Gardens.


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

Obituary [Helen Mabel Nielsen], Brandon Sun, 11 March 1997, page 28.

Obituary, Brandon Sun, 3 January 1998, page 8.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 April 2017

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