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Memorable Manitobans: Roy Sellors (1913-2005)

Architect, university professor.

Born at Kildonan on 8 June 1913, one of three sons of Ernest Wright Sellors (?-1959) and Elizabeth Smith (1878-1971), he studied Architecture at the University of Manitoba, graduating in 1936 with the RAIC Gold Medal. He then obtained a Masters degree in Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1939.

In 1946, he became a professor in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba, serving as Dean of Architecture (1967-1973) before retirement in 1978. He also maintained a private architectural practice for over 30 years, designing churches, schools, and private homes. He was a member of the Manitoba Association of Architects, Royal Institute of British Architects, and American Institute of Architects. In 1941, he married Theresa Gervais (1917-2000) in Texas and they had five children.

He died at the Convalescent Home of Winnipeg on 24 April 2005 and was buried in the Fort Garry Roman Catholic Cemetery.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Our Lady of Victory School

249 Arnold Street, Winnipeg

1948-1949

 

Sellors House

717 South Drive, Winnipeg

1954

 

St. Vital Roman Catholic Church

1629 Pembina Highway, Winnipeg

1956

 

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church

4588 Roblin Boulevard, Winnipeg

1956

 

St. Maurice School

1639 Pembina Highway, Winnipeg

1958

 

Cornerstone Baptist Church

505 Oakview Avenue, Winnipeg

1959

 

St. Joseph the Worker School

505 Brewster Street, Winnipeg

1960

 

Transcona Public Library

111 Victoria Avenue West, Winnipeg

1961

 

See also:

Roy Sellors, Winnipeg Architecture Foundation.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Elizabeth Sellors], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 November 1971, page 37.

Obituary [Theresa Sellors], Winnipeg Free Press, 10 March 2000.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 April 2005.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 June 2021

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