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Memorable Manitobans: Allan Joseph Ryckman (1910-1982)


Born at Winnipeg on 8 February 1910, son of William James Ryckman (1880-1940) and Margaret Scott (1880-1949), he graduated from United College in 1931. He began his teaching career at Oakville School in 1932 then joined the teaching staff of the Winnipeg School Division in 1934. He taught at Robert H. Smith School (1934-1940) and Kelvin High School (1940-1942), and was Director of Athletics at Kelvin.

During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1942 to 1945, and following his military discharge, he joined the staff of Daniel McIntyre Collegiate, later being appointed Head of its Science Department. He served as Vice-Principal of Earl Grey School (1953-1954) and Principal Sparling School (?-?), and was later Principal of Principal Sparling School (1954-1956) and King Edward School (1956-1961). In 1961, he became Principal of St. John’s High School, serving until retirement in 1971.

In December 1940, he married Velma Gwendoline Bradley (?-2013) and they had two sons. He was a member of the Masons (Prince Rupert Lodge), United College Alumni Association (President), Greenwood United Church, Winnipeg Mentors Club (President), and Civic Caledonian Seniors Club.

He died at Winnipeg on 6 November 1982, after a long illness.


Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

Obituary [William J. Ryckman], Winnipeg Tribune, 15 October 1940, page 5.

“Know Your Principal,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 April 1964, page 3.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 November 1982, page 44.

Obituary [Velma Gwendoline Ryckman], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 May 2013.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 March 2021

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