Memorable Manitobans: Francis Laurence “Bud” Jobin (1914-1995)
MLA (1950-1953), MLA (1954-1957), MLA (1958-1959), Lieutenant-Governor of Manitoba (1976-1981).
Born at Winnipeg on 14 August 1914, son of Joseph Francis Xavier “Frank” Jobin (1888-1945) and Llowyin Magdeline Moran (1887-1916), he was educated at St. Mary’s School, St. Paul’s College, Campion College (Regina), and the University of Manitoba. Arriving at Flin Flon in 1935, he found employment as a labourer, miner, and surveyor with Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting before moving to the company’s purchasing deparment. He was one of the organizers of the first union in Flin Flon, preceding the United Steelworkers of America.
He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature in 1949, re-elected in 1953 and 1958, during which he was Minister of Industry and Commerce from 1956 to 1958. He was a candidate in the 1962 and 1965 federal elections, and the 1959, 1962, and 1969 provincial elections but was unsuccessful each time. He was a member of the Flin Flon municipal council (1966-1974), Mayor of Flin Flon (1974-1976), and founding President of the Flin Flon Trout Festival. He served as Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba (1976-1981).
On 10 September 1938, he married nurse Donalda Beatrice “Donie” Lamont (1909-1996) at Flin Flon and they had a daughter. In recognition of his community service, he was inducted into the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt (1957), awarded a Manitoba Centennial Medal by the Manitoba Historical Society (1970), given an honorary doctorate by the University of Manitoba (1977), and received a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977).
He died at Winnipeg on 25 August 1995 and was entombed in the Chapel of Eternal Memories Mausoleum.
Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“55 shove off Wednesday on Palm tour,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 April 1957, page 35.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 27 August 1995, page 14.
Obituary [Donalda Beatrice Jobin], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 September 1996, page 15.
Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.
Joseph Francis Xavier “Frank” Jobin, FindAGrave.
We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 22 May 2022