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Memorable Manitobans: Marius Benoist (1896-1985)

Click to enlargeCustoms broker, musician, community activist.

Born at Ste-Anne-des-Chenes, Manitoba, he came to Winnipeg at an early age and attended Provencher School and Le College de Saint-Boniface. He was customs broker for W. G. Bell for 50 years and, from 1970 to 1977, was Director of the St. Boniface Museum. He was a member of the Historical Sites Board of Manitoba, the Manitoba Historical Society, the Folks Arts Council, and the American Federal of Musicians. He was awarded the Golden Boy Award (1964), the Manitoba Centennial Medal by the Manitoba Historical Society (1970), and the Etrog Award from the Canadian Film Institute of Canada for the music of the opera “La legend du vent” (1977). He died at St. Boniface on 13 January 1985. A collection of his papers is held at the St. Boniface Historical Society.

See also

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Kittson House (165 La Verendrye Street, Winnipeg)

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 January 1985.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 March 2014

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