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Memorable Manitobans: Roland Yves Allard (1927-2005)

Farmer, factory worker, community activist.

Born in the Baie St. Paul area on 18 April 1927 to Bertha Rebecca Moreau (1902-1992) and Joseph Raoul Guilleaume Allard (1897-1972), he was raised on the family farm as the oldest of ten children.

After marrying in 1949, he and his wife Claire Girard of Elie remained in the area to raise their seven children and continue farming. In 1972, they moved to Elie, and he began working for Versatile Manufacturing, where he remained for 22 years until his retirement in 1992. During his retirement, he worked for Wilf's Elie Ford, shuttling vehicles around, giving him the opportunity to keep busy and meet new people.

His interest in people resulted in him taking on the role of Santa Claus at the Polo Park Shopping Centre every Christmas for 13 years. He was also actively involved with the Knights of Columbus and served on various committees throughout the years. He died on 17 April 2005 and was buried in the St. Eustache Roman Catholic Cemetery.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 April 2005.

This page was prepared by Lois Braun.

Page revised: 12 July 2021

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