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Memorable Manitobans: Wilfred Sadler (1884-1951)

Educator, administrator.

Born at Dundee, Scotland in 1884, and educated at St. Andrew’s University, he taught in Scotland for eight years before coming to Canada in 1910. From 1910 to 1912, he was a teacher at Alexandra School. He also spent two years at Kelvin School and, until 1912, was the senior science instructor at the Central Collegiate. Following the First World War, he was appointed Principal of Maple Leaf School, which was eventually torn down. In 1930, he moved with his staff to the newly built Hugh John Macdonald School. He retired in 1949.

During his 47-year teaching career, he was Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Department of Education, as well as a member of the St. James School Board, Scientific Club of Winnipeg, and the Family Bureau. He was active in the formation of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society, edited its magazine in its early years, and was its President (1927-1928). He enjoyed gardening in his spare time.

He died on 15 July 1951 at Princess Elizabeth Hospital, leaving his wife Amy. He was buried in Brookside Cemetery.


“School principal W. Sadler retiring.” [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 115]

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 July 1951, page 22.

The History of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society by Haraldur Victor Vidal, MA thesis, University of Manitoba, 1958.

Winnipeg School Days, 1871-1950 by W. G. Pearce, Winnipeg School Division, Education Resource Centre.

This profile was prepared by Sarah Ramsden and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 May 2013

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