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MacDonald Coleman (abt. 1919 - 1996)

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MacDonald (Mac) Coleman
Born about in Vanguard, Saskatchewan, Canadamap
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Husband of — married (to ) [location unknown]
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Died in Red Deer, Alberta, Canadamap
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Macdonald Coleman, BA, B. Ed., B.L.S was born in Vanguard, Saskatchewan, and had a wife Janet (b. Nov. 14, 1917 in Winnipeg, MB - d. May 5, 1984) and three children (sons Neil and Ian, daughter Margaret). He and Janet, a teacher, were married in 1949,

In a 1931 obituary for his brother Glen, Mac was noted as still being "at home", presumably Vanguard, Saskatchewan. [1]

In 1937 he left Vanguard and sailed into Moose Jaw on the Greyhound bus.

In a 1938 obituary for his brother Bryce, Mac was noted as being at Moose Jaw Normal School, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.[2]

He is a graduate in the arts and education from the University of Toronto.

Taught school in various Saskatchewan centres

Worked as the director of the Red Deer Public Library in Red Deer, Alberta, where he began as the city's first professional librarian in 1964. This was the job he retired from.

His work has appeared in such varied periodicals as Canadian Forum, Fiddlehead, The Canadian Author and Bookman, and Canadian Poetry.

In 1988 Mac Coleman won an Alberta Poetry Yearbook Competition award for his short poem Elvira.

His books include: "The face of yesterday : the story of Brandon, Manitoba" (1957), Once upon a childhood (1978), Once upon a little town (1979), "Once Upon the World and Me" & "Once upon Toronto and other unmentionable places" (1985). Mac Coleman, The latter four were published under his own imprint, The Kingfisher Press. [3]

MacDonald "Mac' Coleman died in Red Deer on April 14,1996, at the age of 77, after a long career in public libraries. He served as Chief librarian of the Brandon Public library 1948-60, Assistant librarian of the City of Calgary 1960-64, and Chief librarian for the City of Red Deer 1964-84. [4]

Was President of the Library Association of Alberta in 1964-1965.[5]

MacDonald (Mac) Coleman, BA'44, BEd'45, of Brandon, MB, [6]


  1. Obituary - Glen Kitchener Coleman, Vanguard, Saskatchewan , The Canadian Statesman, Bowmanville, Ontario, November 26th, 1931, page 3.
  2. Son of Former Bowmanville Man Killed in the Spanish Civil War, The Canadian Statesman, Bowmanville, Ontario, February 17th, 1938, page 3.
  3. Ex Libris News, Newsletter of the Ex Libris Association, Spring 1988 (Number 3) ISSN 0833-4278
  4. In Memorium, ExLibrisNews Number 20 (Autumn 1996) , page 10, Ex Libris Association: Toronto ISSN 0833-4278
  5. LAA Presidents
  • Brennan, Brian, Alberta Originals: Stories of Albertans Who Made a Difference, Fifth House Limited, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2001.

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