Memorable Manitobans: William Paul Solypa (1930-2017)
Born at Winnipeg Beach on 27 November 1930, son of Joseph and Modesta Solypa, he attended South Felsendorf School, Gimli High School, Teulon High School, and Manitoba Teachers’ College. He later received BSc, BEd, and MEd degrees from the University of Manitoba.
His teaching career began at North Felsendorf School (?-?) and continued at Donald School (Principal, 1952-1954) and Elmwood School (1955-1959). In the Winnipeg School Division, he taught mathematics at St. John’s High School (1961-1968) and served as Vice-Principal at John M. King School (1968-1969) and Isaac Newton School (?-?), and Principal at Somerset School (1970-1972), Shaughnessy Park School (1974-1979), and Sisler High School (1979-1980). In 1980, he became Superintendent of Elementary Schools for the School Division.
He was a member of the Board of Regents at the University of Winnipeg, was Vice-President of the Ukrainian Professional and Business Men’s Club of Winnipeg, and Secretary of the Ukrainian Canadian Professional and Business Federation. He wrote “Metric Activities for Grades 4-6” and edited a series called “New Dimensions in Mathematics for Grades K to 6.”
He died at Winnipeg on 23 March 2017 and was buried in the Holy Family Cemetery.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 March 2017.
Winnipeg School Division: Celebrating One Hundred Fifty Years, 1871-2021 by Winnipeg School Division, 2021.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 6 July 2022