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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Prospere “Peter” Lusignan (1876-1967)

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Joseph Prospere Lusignan
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Farmer, MLA (1927-1932).

Born at Albora, Massachusetts on 12 August 1876, son of Elli Lusignan and Milina Allaire, he was educated at a rural school. He came to Canada in 1880 and farmed near Somerset.

On 8 October 1901, he married Louisa Foster (1871-1927) and they had eleven children: Norman Edward Lusignan (1902-?), Alfred “Fred” Lusignan (1903-?), Mary Lusignan (1905-?, wife of Philibert Cusson), Stanley Charles “Buster” Lusignan (1907-?), Gladys Irene Lusignan (1908-?, wife of Watt Andrews), Noelia “Nellie” Lusignan (1911-?), Phyllis Amelia Lusignan (1913-?, wife of Emile Marion), Eva Ann Lusignan (1915-?, wife of Prospere Lafreniere), Hector Joseph Lusignan (1917-?), Wilfred Lusignan (1919-1993), and Edna Lusignan (1921-?, wife of R. Maynard). On 2 February 1938, he married Marie Imelda Zelia Boiselle (1911-1960), had a son Gerald Lusignan (1938-2006), and lived at 470 River Avenue in Winnipeg.

Fluently bilingual, he served as a bailiff (1910-1917) and councillor (1918-1927) for the Rural Municipality of Lorne. He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1927 general election but was defeated in 1932.

He died at Brandon on 23 December 1967 and was buried in the Somerset Catholic Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1921 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1929.

“Personal,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 November 1955, page 29.

Obituary [Mrs. Peter Lusignan], Winnipeg Tribune, 10 February 1960, page 15.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 December 1967, page 37.

Memories of Lorne 1880-1980 by Yvette Brandt, 1980, page 537.

Obituary [Wilfred Lusignan], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 July 1993, page 41.

Obituary [Gerald Lussier], Vancouver Sun, 3 November 2006.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Oliver Bernuetz for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 January 2021

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