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Memorable Manitobans: William Yakimischak (1906-1988)


Born at Pleasant Home on 23 March 1906, son of Jacob Yakimischak and Justine Chobey, he became a school teacher in 1926, working at Plum Ridge School (1933-1934) and later assembling automobiles in Detroit. He returned to teaching while building a drug store at Vita, apprenticing as a pharmacist in his own store. In 1941, he graduated with a pharmacy degree from the University of Manitoba. He also provided veterinary services for the surrounding community, and manufactured his own analgesic ointment which he sold internationally. Yakimischak was active in community affairs and politics, especially in Ducks Unlimited. He died at the Concordia Hospital on 14 December 1988 and was buried in the All Saints Cemetery.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 December 1988, page 57.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 March 2016

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