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Memorable Manitobans: Fortunat Lachance (1877-1924)

Click to enlargeSurgeon, municipal official.

Born at St. Norbert, Manitoba on 24 October 1877, son of Pierce and Malviena Lachance, he was educated at the University of Manitoba and Laval University (Montreal). He commenced a professional career as house surgeon of Hotel Dieu, Montreal, for two years, then three years in general hospitals of Paris, France. He came to Winnipeg in 1907, where he worked as a coroner for the City of St. Boniface, a surgeon and special physician at the St. Boniface Hospital, and surgeon at the Winnipeg Free Dispensary. He specialized in the diseases of women.

In 1908, he married Eugenie Forrest of Montreal. They had one daughter. He was a member of the Adanac Club and the Manitoba Medical Society. Roman Catholic. In 1911, he lived at 319 Langevin Street, St. Boniface, Manitoba. He served as a St. Boniface city alderman for several years, and Mayor of St. Boniface from 1914 to 1915.

He died on 1 April 1924.


Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

“Dr. Lachance, corner of St. Boniface, dead” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 April 1924.

“Large attendance at funeral of Dr. Lachance” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 April 1924.

Page revised: 27 December 2009

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