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Memorable Manitobans: Clifford George Williamson (1904-2002)

Educator, carpenter.

Born at La Riviere on 9 November 1904, son of George Williamson (1857-?) and Emily Rooke (1862-?), he graduated from Normal School in 1923 and worked as an educator in rural Manitoba. He taught at Dry River School (1923-1924), Kane School (1924-1925), Stony Point School (1926-1927), and was Principal of Altamont School (1927-1933). Next, he moved to 436 Edmonton Street in Winnipeg (1933-1934) and worked as a teacher, before continuing as Principal of Gunton School (1934-1937). By 1939, he relocated to Selkirk and taught at Central School (1939-1941) prior to serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force (1942-1945) during the Second World War. Following military demobilization, he worked as a carpenter for the Canadian National Railway in Winnipeg until 1959, when he semi-retired to Victoria, British Columbia and worked three years for the BC Parks Department ahead of full retirement. On 29 December 1925, he married Elizabeth Sarah Williams (1905-?) at Roland and had two daughters: Dorothy Williamson and May Williamson. In 1997, he moved to White Rock, British Columbia and there died at the Evergreen Care Home on 13 February 2002, with his cremains interred at Valley View Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.

1926 Canada censes, Library and Archives Canada.

“For Grade XII Normal Entrance exam. results,” Brandon Daily Sun, 2 August 1922, page 5.

“Result of summer school exams [Astronomy II Second Term],” Manitioba Free Press, 19 August 1927, page 11.

“Farewell at Altamont,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 October 1933, page 6.

“Stonewall [Mr. and Mrs. Williamson],” Winnipeg Tribune, 25 August 1934, page 6.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 February 2002, page C12.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 12 August 2019

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