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Memorable Manitobans: Francis Theophile Appelmans (1916-2006)

Businessman.

Born at Denderleeuw, Belgium on 18 August 1922, son of René and Thérèse Applemans, at the outbreak of the Second World War he was studying at the University of Antewerp. He joined the British Royal Navy and worked on escort convoys between Canada and the British Isles until he was wounded in action. In 1948 he immigrated to Canada and worked on the Dion family dairy farm at St. Claude. Later he moved to Winnipeg and worked at Supercrete where he met his future wife, Ida. They married on 8 August 1953 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. With his concrete and bricklaying skills, in 1954 he built a large home for his family on St. Anne’s Road. He was President of an aggregate plant in St. Boniface for 14 years. He then established a nursey and garden business in St. Vital. He died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 5 May 2006 at the age of 83.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 May 2006.

“They will not be forgotten” by Kevin Rollason, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 January 2007, page B1.

This page was prepared by John Redekopp.

Page revised: 14 November 2016

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