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Memorable Manitobans: Cornelius Van “Neil” Thiessen (1919-2016)

Educator.

Born at Weidenfeld on 24 February 1919, son of Franz F. Thiessen and Helena Peters, he grew up on a farm near Kane and served in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. After his military discharge, he worked as a teacher at Grunthal, serving as the Principal of Goodwill School (1948-1950), Crane School (1955-1962) and Ralph Maybank School (1963-1965), and as Superintendent of the Fort Garry School Division (1976-1981) until retirement in 1981, after which he moved to Calgary, Alberta. He was President of the Canadian Sunday School Mission. He died at Okotoks, Alberta on 15 July 2016.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Retirement reception,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 May 1981, page 15.

Obituary, Pierson’s Funeral Service Limited.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 February 2020

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