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Memorable Manitobans: Louis Oscar Joseph “Lou” Bourbonnais (1922-2021)

Educator, athlete.

Born in Winnipeg on 6 March 1922, he played baseball with the St. Paul’s Crusaders team (Winnipeg Champions, 1940) in the Winnipeg Junior Baseball League and the St. Boniface Native Sons senior baseball team (1941-1942) prior to enlistment with the Royal Canadian Navy in July 1942. Returning from military service, he and his wife June married on 17 September 1947. He earned a BA (1948) from the University of Manitoba and taught at Earl Grey School (1952-1953, Intermediate Department) prior to being Principal of Fort Churchill School (1954-1955). He later worked in the Seven Oaks School Division, taught at Sisler High School (1967-1968, Secondary Department), and was Superintendent of the Red River School Division (1969-1974). He died at Winnipeg on 4 October 2021.

Sources:

“Junior baseball finalists,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 September 1940, page 17.

“Local baseball player joins Navy on Thursday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 July 1942, page 6.

“The silent arm,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 November 1942, page 11.

“Rehearsal for a landing-party,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 November 1942, page 11.

“Bachelor of Arts,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 May 1948, page 6.

“Red River School Div. No. 17,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 March 1969, page 34.

“Southeastern schools expect 12,000 students,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 August 1974, page 7.

“Celebrations,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 September 2012, page I1.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 October 2021.

We thank Gordon Goldsborough for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 23 October 2021

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