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Memorable Manitobans: Peter Michael Onysko (1906-1993)

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Peter Michael Onysko
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Born at Arbakka on 10 July 1906, son of Safta Tysliuk and Michael Onysko, uncle of Mytro Onysko, he received his early education at Arbakka School and Szewczenko School. In 1924 he moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where he spent four years at the P. Mohyla Ukrainian Institute while attending Nutana Collegiate and the Saskatoon Normal School. He began working as a teacher in 1928 then, two years later, returned to Manitoba where he taught at Shevchenko School, Tarno School, Cooks Creek School, and Fraserwood School. He served as the Principal of Riverton School for 20 years (1944-1964). In 1967, he received the Centennial Medal in recognition of his service to the education of Manitobans. He died at Winnipeg on 12 March 1993 after a lengthy illness, and was buried in the Transcona Cemetery.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 April 1981, page 69.

We thank Robert Onysko for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 January 2016

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