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Memorable Manitobans: Walter Abram “Walt” Toews (1923-2006)

Farmer, educator.

Born in Manitoba on 23 February 1923, third child of Abram G. Toews (?-1962) and Agatha Bornn (1898-1988), he farmed for 40 years near Graysville. On 26 September 1943, he married Rosabella “Rose” Groening (1922-1996) and they had four daughters. He returned to the classroom as an adult, earning his teaching accreditation and teaching at McCreary Collegiate (1963-1964) where he worked alongside his eldest daughter, also on the teaching staff. He went on to teach at Carman School (?-?) and Sanford School (?-?), and was Principal of Wingham School (1961-1962), Roland School (1966-1967), and Starbuck Collegiate / Starbuck Junior High School (1968-1972). He was also a Sunday School teacher, board member, and lay preacher at the Carman Mennonite Church. He died at Carman on 10 September 2006 and was buried in the Graysville Mennonite Cemetery.

Sources:

Marriage registration [Abram G. Toews, Agatha Bornn], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

Obituary [Agatha Toews], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 July 1988, page 35.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 September 2006, page 35.

We thank Bea Toews for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 August 2020

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