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Memorable Manitobans: Leslie Irving Spear (1906-1973)

Educator.

Born at Poplar Point on 6 August 1906, son of Benjamin I. Spear (1877-1949) and Ella J. Wasson (1880-1959), he moved with family to the vicinity of Makaroff where he attended Makaroff School. At the age of 18 years, he began a life-long teaching career, serving as the Principal of Oakburn School (1936-1938) and Erickson School (1938-1941). In 1941, he left his position to enlist in the Royal Canadian Air Force, and he served overseas until 1945, attaining the rank of Lieutenant. Returning to Canada, he was the Principal of Goose Lake School (1946-1950) and Bield School (1955-1961). He continued to teach in the Roblin area until retirement in 1971. He was a member of the Masons, Royal Canadian Legion, Roblin United Church, and Roblin Golf Club (for which he was the first President). He died at Roblin on 24 January 1973 and was buried in the Roblin Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1906 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

Obituary, Roblin Review, 1 February 1973, page 4.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 July 2017

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