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Memorable Manitobans: Kristjan Bergthor “Kris” Sigurdsson (1899-1990)


Born at Gimli on 12 May 1899, son of Sigfus Sigurdsson (?-1955) and Sigurlaug Jonsdottir (?-1960), brother of Kristjon Felix Sigurdsson, he was Principal of Lac du Bonnet School (1924-1925), Lundar School (1925-1928), Charleswood School (1928-1944) and Chapman High School (1944-1950), and Supervisor of the Chapman School District (1950-1952) and Charleswood Consolidated School District (1952-1954). He joined the teaching staff of the St. James Collegiate (1955-?) and was later the Principal of Assiniboine School (1960-1964). On 16 July 1929, he married Bjorg Helga “Birdie” Olsen (1905-1985) and they subsequently had three children: Doreen Sigurdsson (?-1976), Alvin Kristjan Sigurdsson, and John Douglas Sigurdsson. He died at Winnipeg on 7 March 1990.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

“Charleswood educator feted at gathering,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 July 1954, page 7.

Obituary [Kristjon Felix Sigurdsson], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 May 1980, page 61.

Obituary [Bjorg Helga Sigurdsson], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 October 1985, page 58.

Winnipeg estate file PR90-01-18910, Kristjan Bergthor Sigurdsson, Archives of Manitoba.

We thank Marlene and Terry Tottle for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 2 March 2019

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