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Memorable Manitobans: Harold Gordon Robson (1904-1991)


Born at Griswold on 10 April 1904, son of Samuel T. Robson and Sarah W. Ruttan, he was educated at the University of Manitoba (BA), Central Normal School, and took two years of theological training at United College. He taught school at Carman and Dauphin before moving to Winnipeg. During the Second World War, he served in Canadian military forces with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, and as a result became a committed pacifist in his later life. In Winnipeg, as a member of the Winnipeg School Division, he taught at Isaac Newton School (1946-1950) and served as the Vice-Principal of Machray School (1952-1954), and Principal of Wellington School (1954-1956), George V School (1956-1959), Cecil Rhodes School (1959-1962), and Greenway School (1962-c1969). While at Carman, he married Anna Margaret McConnell (1905-2000) and they had three children. He was a member of the Unitarian Church of Winnipeg, World Federalists, United Nations Association, Manitoba Funeral and Memorial Society, Norwest Co-op Health and Social Services Centre, Willow Centre Housing, Red River Co-op, Mentors Club, and Meals on Wheels. He invented a game called “golley-val.” He died at Winnipeg on 15 October 1991.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

Obituary [Margaret Robson], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 January 2000, page 52.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 August 2016

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