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Memorable Manitobans: Clarence Eric Tibbatts (1904-1979)

Educator, municipal official.

Born in the RM of Silver Creek on 20 April 1904, fifth son of Henry Tibbatts and Mary Jane Blayney, he was educated at Clifford School, Foxwarren School, and Dauphin Normal School. He taught at Farnham School, Moose Bay School, and Boyle School (1927-1929). He served as Principal of Solsgirth School (1933-1937), Angus School (1937-1940), and Birtle School (1940-1966), retiring in 1968. On 29 June 1932, he married Ivy May Dunham (1906-1998) at Silver Creek. They had a son, Eric Ross Tibbatts. Active in the community, he was President of the Birtle Lions Club (1970), Chairman of the Birtle Hospital Board, and Mayor of Birtle (1952-1953). In recognition of his community service, he received the Coronation Medal and Canadian Centennial Medal. He died on 21 April 1979 and was buried in the Birtle Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

“Teacher honored on retiring after 29 years service in town,” Brandon Sun, 10 December 1969, page 21.

The Fox’s Tale: The History of Foxwarren and the Consolidated School District #525 by Foxwarren and District History Book Committee, 1989, pages 54, 692-693.

Obituary [Ivy May Tibbatts], Brandon Sun, 10 July 1998, page 16.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 April 2015

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