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Memorable Manitobans: Ernest Gagnon (1884-1964)

Civil servant.

Born at Grand Metis, Rimouski County, Quebec on 28 April 1884, son of Pierre Gagnon and Georgina d’Auteuil, he was educated at College of l’Islet, l’Islet, Quebec. He came to Manitoba in 1912 and was appointed to City Clerk of St. Boniface in 1922, serving until 1933 when he became business manager at the St. Boniface Hospital. He retired from this position in 1951. On 4 June 1918, he married Josephine Marichette Prendergast (1890-1979, daughter of J. E. P. Prendergast) and they had a son and two daughters. He was a member of the l’Union Canadienne, St. Boniface Kiwanis Club, Knights of Columbus, and ACJC (St. Boniface). He was formerly director of l’Union Canadienne Club and President of ACJC. Formerly engaged in clerical work with Canadian Government Railways. He lived at 161 Dollard Boulevard from the 1920s to the time of his death. He died at St. Boniface on 8 December 1964 and was buried in the St. Boniface Cathedral Cemetery.

Sources:

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“E. Gagnon ending long service,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 January 1951. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10]

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 10 December 1964, page 24.

Obituary [Josephine Marichette Gagnon], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 August 1979, page 63.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 March 2020

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