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Memorable Manitobans: Harry Sharpe (c1905-1958)


Born in England around 1905, son of Thomas Sharpe, the family came to Canada in 1918 and resided at Carman. He taught at Arnaud School, where he was known as a strict disciplinarian, then was the Principal of Ridgeville School (1936-1939), Pierson School (1939-1941), Myrtle School (1941-1945), Oak Bluff School (1945-1946), Dominion City School (1946-1951), and General Steele School (1951-1958). He attended the University of Manitoba, while teaching in Winnipeg, and received a BA degree.

On 25 August 1945, he married Beatrice Barrie Hawken, who he had met while they taught together at Myrtle. They had no children. He was a member of the IOOF and Anglican Church, and was active with the Boy Scouts.

He died at his Winnipeg home, 936 Calrossie Boulevard, on 21 July 1958 and was buried in the Garry Memorial Park.


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

Wedding announcement, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 August 1945, page 9.

“Parents and pupils are hosts to six departing teachers,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 July 1951, page 7.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 July 1958, page 9.

[Photo caption], Winnipeg Tribune, 26 July 1958, page 24.

Arnaud Through the Years by Arnaud Historical Society, 1974. [Manitoba Legislative Library]

Obituary [Beatrice Barrie Sharpe], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 December 1997, page 23.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 September 2021

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