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Memorable Manitobans: John Saxby “Jack” Oliver (1910-1992)


Born at Fort Frances, Ontario on 9 April 1910, son of John G. Oliver and Bessie Jane Oliver, he spent his early years at Elgin. He received BEd and MEd degrees from the University of Manitoba and, other a period of service in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War, spent his working life as a teacher. He was the Principal of Winnipeg Beach School (1940-1942), Boissevain School (1949-1950), ten years as Headmaster of a private school in southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Earl Haig School (1962-1963), and Charleswood Collegiate (1966-1968). He was an active member of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society and Teachers’ Credit Union. He retired in 1974. On 29 June 1940, he married teacher Laura Mae Douglas of Brandon. They had three children: Douglas Keith Oliver, John Terrence Oliver, and Sandra Lauraine Oliver. He died at Winnipeg on 29 July 1992 and was buried in the Rosewood Memorial Gardens.


Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.

Wedding announcement, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 June 1940, page 8.

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

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 July 1992.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 October 2013

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