Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Paul Marion (1927-2023)
Businessman, municipal official, MLA (1973-1974).
Born at St. Boniface on 8 December 1927, eldest of eight children of L. Paul Marion (1907-1960) and Marie J. Tytgat (1909-1980), grandson of Joseph Aldéric Marion, he was an accountant for Picardy Limited of Winnipeg before moving to Alberta where he worked for several years as a manager. He returned to Winnipeg and established Manor House Cafeterias, later purchasing the railway catering business of R. Smith (1960) Limited.
In 1963, he was acclaimed to the St. Boniface School Board and, in 1971, he became a St. Boniface city councillor. The following year, he was elected Deputy Mayor of Winnipeg. In the 1973 provincial general election, he was elected as a Liberal fo the St. Boniface constituency, defeating incumbent Laurent Louis “Larry” Desjardins by a single vote after a recount by the Manitoba Court of Appeal. In November 1974, a ruling by judges Israel Nitikman and John Roman Solomon of the Court of Queen's Bench declared his election void. Desjardins defeated him at a by-election held on 20 December 1974.
He was married twice, first to Pierrette Masserey (1928-2006) with whom he had six children. In December 2006, he married Colette Moureaux (1939-2021). He was President of the Winnipeg Executives Association and the Carleton Club.
He died at Winnipeg on 15 January 2023.
“Urban results,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 October 1963, page 53.
“St. B recount appealed,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 August 1973, page 74.
“2 election petitions filed,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 October 1973, page 8.
“Bid begins to declare void election results in St. B,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 September 1974, page 62.
“Marion election void,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 November 1974, page 1.
Obituary [Marie Marion], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 February 1980, page 60.
Obituary [Pierrette Marion], Winnipeg Free Press, 14 January 2006.
Obituary [Colette Moureaux-Marion], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 January 2021.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 January 2023.
We thank Maurice Michaud for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 19 March 2023