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Memorable Manitobans: William “Bill” Peters (1924-2021)

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William Peters
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Born in 1924, he received BA (1955), BEd (1955), and MEd (1963) degrees from the University of Manitoba. He taught for several years overseas, including terms at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (1950-1953) and Jamaica (1955-1956). In 1956, he returned to Canada and moved to Charleswood where he served as the Principal of Dieppe School (1956-1958) and Charleswood Collegiate (1958-1959), teaching chemistry at the latter.

In 1959, he was appointed an Assistant Professor of Education at Brandon College, serving there until he became Principal at Steinbach Collegiate (1966-1968). After receiving a doctorate from the University of Minnesota, he moved to Truro, Nova Scotia to join the staff of the Nova Scotia Teachers College. He retired from there in 1986.

On 26 February 1949, he married Gladys Fast, daughter of Jacob W. Fast of Steinbach, and they subsequently had four sons and a daughter.

He died at Truro, Nova Scotia on 25 October 2021.


“Steinbach district news,” Steinbach Carillon News, 18 February 1949, page 4.

“Steinbach district news,” Steinbach Carillon News, 11 August 1950, page 4.

“Steinbach district news,” Steinbach Carillon News, 3 August 1956, page 4.

“University results,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 May 1963, page 57.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Canada voter lists, Ancestry.

“Brandon College names 6,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 August 1959, page 5.

“Steinbach social notes,” Steinbach Carillon News, 1 July 1970, page 23.

Obituary, Colchester Community Funeral Home.

We thank Mary Gale Chatfield and Heather Johnson for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 October 2021

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