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Memorable Manitobans: Rene Allen Ollivier (?-1982)


Born in Saskatchewan and raised at Kenville, one of seven children born to French immigrants Yves Maria Ollivier (1883-1965) and Anne Yvonne Le Sann (1888-1975), he attended St. Paul’s College (1931-1932) and the Central Normal School (1933) before beginning a teaching career. He taught at Walker School No. 1377 (?-?) and South Junction School No. 1615 (1939-1940), then served successively as Principal of Tolstoi School (1941-1942), Tamarisk School (1942-1948), Makaroff School (1948-1951), Cypress River School (1951-1958), and Oak River School (1958-1961). He moved to Minnedosa where he was Assistant Principal of Minnedosa Collegiate (1963-?). Around 1940, he married Loretta Mailhot (?-?) and they had a son, Joseph Paul Lawrence Ollivier (1946-?). He died in May 1982 and was buried in the Minnedosa Cemetery.


“Kenville news,” Swan River Star and Valley Times, 29 December 1932, page 3.

“Kenville news,” Swan River Star and Valley Times, 28 December 1933, page 1.

“San Clara,” Roblin Review and Togo News, 4 April 1940, pages 1, 4.

“Hospital births,” Grandview Exponent, 24 January 1946, page 8.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Obituary [Yves Marie Ollivier], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 April 1965, page 29.

Obituary [Anne Yvonne Ollivier], Winnipeg Free Press, 12 April 1975, page 44.

“San Clara & Boggy Creek,” Roblin Review, 2 June 1982, page 6.

Obituary [Marie Therese Ollivier Langevin], Winnipeg Free Press, 10 May 1987, page 18.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 September 2019

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