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Memorable Manitobans: Keith Ian Sanburn Smith (c1908-1972)


Born at Bristol, Quebec around 1908, son of David Smith (c1879-?) and Catherine Smith (c1884-?), he had moved with his family to Foxwarren by 1916. Following his high school education, he earned BA and BEd degrees from the University of Manitoba. He began teaching at Dropmore School (1931-?) and was Principal of Erickson School (1935-1936), Elphinstone School (1936-1937), Decker School (1937-1939), and Pipestone School (1939-1942) after which he moved to Norwood, residing at 184 Enfield Crescent, and continued teaching. He later joined the staff of the Winnipeg School Division and taught science at River Heights Junior High School (1959-1971) after which he retired. He married fellow teacher Irene Marie Bain (c1908-1968) on 28 February 1948 at Winnipeg and was a member of the Norwood United Church. He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 21 February 1972 and was buried in Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.


1916 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

“Engagements,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 January 1948, page 12.

“Party arranged for betrothed couple,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 February 1948, page 12.

Obituary [Irene Marie Smith], Winnipeg Free Press, 12 October 1968, page 33.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 February 1972, page 22.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 February 1972, page 35.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 7 July 2019

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