Memorable Manitobans: Samuel Ralph “Sam” Loschiavo (1924-2018)
Entomologist, community activist.
Born at Transcona on 28 June 1924, he received three degrees including a doctorate from the University of Manitoba. Working as an entomologist, he served as President of the Entomological Society of Canada and Entomological Society of Manitoba.
On 24 June 1950, he married Hilda May Pankhurst (1928-2022) and they had two sons. Active in the community, he was Vice-President of the Citizenship Council of Manitoba and the Folk Arts Council of Manitoba. He served on the Board of Directors for Citizens Against Impaired Driving, Manitoba Opera Association, Villa Rosa, Manitoba Grants Advisory Council, and Manitoba Historical Society. He was one of the founders of the Italian Canadian League of Manitoba, Heritage Committee, Memorial Foundation, and Ethno-Cultural Committee for the Winnipeg Centennial Library. He was a founding trustee of the Ronald Houston Memorial Fund, treasurer of the Senior Writers Group at Creative Retirement, and co-editor of its publication, Autumn Leaves.
In recognition of his community service, he was inducted into the Order of Canada (2001) and he received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012).
He died at Winnipeg on 9 April 2018 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 April 2018.
Obituary [Hilda May Loschiavo], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 November 2022.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 19 November 2022