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Memorable Manitobans: Felix Tesarski (1916-2010)

Educator, salesman.

Born at Tolstoi on 14 September 1916, son of Anton and Anna Tesarski, he attended Tolstoi School then obtained a teaching certificate from the Central Normal School. He taught at Ackland School (1936), Zbarag School, Komarno School, Dehowa School (1943-1944), and Gonor School (Principal, 1944-1948). He provided Ukrainian language instruction after school hours, ran an adult night school, and organized plays, concerts and a hot lunch program at Gonor School. He then became an insurance salesman at Winnipeg. On 21 June 1937, he married Sofia Shepit (1915-2007) of Sirko and they subsequently had four children. He was a member of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church, The Order of St. Andrews, Ukrainian Professional and Businessmen’s Club, Winnipeg Society of Seniors, Ukrainian Self Reliance League, St. Andrew’s College, Toastmasters, and North End YMCA. He wrote three books, including One a Day for Life (1983), Son of Pioneers: A Barefoot Boy with Boots On (1987), and Twenty Five Years of the Order of St. Andrew in Winnipeg (1990). He died at the Middlechurch Home on 18 July 2010 and was buried in the Glen Eden Memorial Garden.

Sources:

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

Obituary [Sofia Tesarski], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 May 2007.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 July 2010.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Jim Anderson.

Page revised: 19 April 2018

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