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Memorable Manitobans: Faron Hall (1964-2014)


Born at the Dakota Tipi First Nation near Portage la Prairie on 14 May 1964, son of Maryanne Hall and John Hupa, he was taken from his family by Children’s Aid at the age of three and was returned to the reserve five years later. When he was 18, Hall entered a high school and employment skills program for inner-city youth at Winnipeg. He graduated from the program then worked odd jobs. He began to drink heavily after the death of his mother, becoming homeless and living in tents along the bank of the Red River in St. Boniface. In 2009, he rose to national prominence by rescuing two people from the Red River within a span of five months. Becoming known as the “homeless hero,” he received Winnipeg’s Medal of Valour and two medals from the Manitoba Life Saving Society. He went swimming in the Red River on 17 August 2014 and is believed to have drowned. He was buried in Brookside Cemetery.


“Tragic end for homeless hero,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 August 2014, page B1.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 August 2014.

“Faron Hall,” Maclean’s, 22 September 2014, page 62.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 September 2014

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