Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Boniface Molloy (1878-1948)
Contractor, MLA (1914-1915).
Born at Shelley on 28 November 1878, son of John Molloy (a Dominion Land Surveyor on early construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway) and Mary Daly, brother of John Patrick Molloy and William Molloy, he was educated at the Emerson School and the Winnipeg Normal School. In his youth, he assisted his father in surveying the eastern portion of Manitoba, later worked in railroad contracting, and taught at East Selkirk School (1898-1899).
He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1914 general election, and served until dissolution of the session, being defeated in the 1915 general election by Albert Prefontaine. He then served as Reeve for the Rural Municipality of Ste. Anne from 1919 to 1921. He ran in the 1921 federal general election, 1927 provincial general election, and 1935 federal general election but was defeated each time.
On 11 January 1911, he married Maria Anne Dubuc (1883-?, daughter of Joseph Dubuc), of Winnipeg. They had six children: Bernard Molloy (1912-?), Wilfred Molloy (1913-?), Marie Alice Denise Molloy (1914-?), John Vincent Paul Molloy (1915-?), Paul Molloy (1920-2007), and Adele Molloy (?-?). The family lived at 129 Furby Street, Winnipeg.
He died at his home in Montreal, Quebec on 20 June 1948 and was buried in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1921 Canada census, Ancestry.
The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1914.
“Thomas B. Molloy, former M.L.A., dies in Montreal,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 June 1948, page 4.
“Thomas B. Molloy service Monday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 June 1948, page 20.
“St. Boniface author hits the big time in midwest,” Winnipeg Tribune, 24 April 1965.
Obituary [Paul Molloy], Chicago Tribune, 11 March 2007.
We thank Connor Mah and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 9 August 2022