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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Charles “Joe” LeClerc (1915-2002)

Carpenter, dog musher.

Born at Ste. Amelie on 12 June 1915, son of Eugene LeClerc (1890-1979) and Marie Octavie Pelletier (1895-1981), he lived in several places while working as a carpenter for Manitoba Housing before moving to The Pas in 1957. On 20 February 1939, he married Marie Rose Fradette (?-?) at Ste. Rose du Lac and they had nine children. He captured the title of World Champion Dog Musher in 1960. As a Canadian centennial project in February 1967, he carried mail from The Pas to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan in a dog sled, taking four days to complete the trip. He died at The Pas on 23 August 2002 and was buried in The Pas Lakeside Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Prince Albert planning huge welcome for ‘Pas’ Joe LeClerc,” The Pas Herald, 1 February 1967.

Obituary, Opasquia Times, 30 August 2002.

Joseph Charles LeClerc, FindAGrave.

This page was prepared by Ralph McLean and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 February 2021

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