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Memorable Manitobans: David Joseph Damase Boiteau (1911-2002)


Born at St. Vital on 31 January 1911, the youngest child of Arzidas Alexandre “Alex” Boiteau (1859-1944) and Marie Louise Peloquin (1862-1952), he grew up at 62 Carrier Avenue and attended school locally. Around 1927, he left to study at the Marianist Brothers (Society of Mary) facility at San Antonio, Texas, and took his vows four years later. He returned to his parents St. Vital residence and taught at Provencher School (?-1942), as well as serving as Physical Instructor and Director of Sports for the St. Boniface School District No. 1188. On 4 September 1943, he married Irene Marie Gentes (?-?) at St. Boniface and they had eight children.

In August 1942, he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force and graduated from training in October 1943, earning a teaching position in the Air Training Command No. 2, teaching navigation and bombing, including at the Bombing and Gunnery School No. 7. Following demobilization, he worked consecutively for the Henri D’Eschambeault Institute, Brabant Brothers Construction, and Benjamin Brothers Construction. In 1954, he returned to the classroom as a teacher (1954-1966) and Principal (1959-1966) of Grand Marais School. In 1966, he returned to St. Boniface and was a Professor of English at St. Boniface College, with semi-retirement in 1978 followed by substitute teaching until full retirement two years later.

He moved into Meadowood Manor at Winnipeg in 2001 and died there on 31 July 2002. His cremains were buried in the Green Acres Memorial Gardens.


Birth [Joseph David Damase Boiteau] and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1916 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

“Provencher,” Winnipeg Tribune, 25 April 1942, page 20.

“388 join Army in ten days,” Winnipeg Tribune, 13 August 1942, page 13.

“28 Manitoba airmengiven commissions,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 October 1943, page 11.

Obituary [Arzidas Joseph Boiteau] Winnipeg Free Press, 1 December 1944, page 4.

Obituary [Arzidas J. Boiteau] Winnipeg Tribune, 1 December 1944, page 9.

Death notice [Marie Boiteau] Winnipeg Free Press, 20 February 1952, page 23.

“Five hundred attend safe boating clinic,” Selkirk Enterprise, 14 August 1963, page 1.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 August 2002 Page C12.

In Memoriam, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 July 2003, page C9.

Fenez Keeler Footsteps family tree, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 3 July 2020

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