Memorable Manitobans: Hubert Graham “Bert” Mayes (1927-2001)
Born at Deloraine in 1927, son of teacher R. E. Mayes, he never lost touch with his rural roots. He always enjoyed trips to the country, especially in his retirement years when he presented Centennial Farm plaques on behalf of the Manitoba Historical Society.
He was a distinguished graduate of United College, now the University of Winnipeg, from which he received a BA. He subsequently received an MA from the University of Manitoba, and a PhD from Laval University. After teaching high school briefly, he worked as a CBC radio announcer and producer for eight years. He then returned to the University of Winnipeg where he was a dedicated and respected Professor of French for 25 years. His life-long passion for the French language and culture was reflected in his 17 trips to France and his keen interest in the Francophone Manitoban community.
History was another of Bert’s loves. He enjoyed researching and writing historical articles, many of which were published in The Beaver magazine.His article about Lord Selkirk’s grave helped to bring about its restoration and, in 1978, he was honoured to represent Manitoba at a ceremony rededicating the grave in Orthez, France. Bert’s care and patience as a photographer produced many sets of beautiful travel slides, which he enjoyed showing to friends, students and seniors’ groups. He was a true gentleman, and a learned person of great integrity and humility.
He died at Winnipeg on 10 December 2001.
His articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:
Deloraine Scans a Century 1880-1980: A History of Deloraine and District, page 35.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 December 2001.
“We will not forget them,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2001, page B3.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 8 July 2016