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Memorable Manitobans: William Charles “Bill” Taylor (1914-2004)

Educator.

Born at Portage la Prairie on 4 January 1914, son of George Taylor and Jean Louise Lyall, he started his teaching career at Burnside School (1932-1935). He then taught at Victoria School (1935-1940) and Portage Collegiate (1940). During the Second World War, he enlisted in the military and served overseas from 1942 to 1945. Following his discharge in 1946, he returned to Portage Collegiate where he taught Latin and Mathematics. He was its Principal from 1954 to retirement in 1974. Active in the community, he served on the Portage Parks Board, was Treasurer of St. Mary’s la Prairie Anglican Church, President of the Portage Lions Club (1938), and a member of the Portage Country Club. He died at Portage la Prairie on 20 February 2004 and was buried in the Hillside Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 April 2004, page 24.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 February 2016

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