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Memorable Manitobans: Maxime Rocan (1841-1912)

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Maxime Rocan
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Butcher.

Born at St. Vincent de Paul, Quebec on 14 August 1841, son of Agapit Rocan (1815-1849) and Aurélie Labelle (1826-1899), he opened a butcher shop in Montreal in 1865 which he operated until 1872 when he came to Manitoba and opened the first butcher shop in Winnipeg. He was married twice, first to Poméla-Malvina Morneau (c1841-1871). They had one son, Elie Rocan. In 1873 he married widow Marie Camirand. They had four children: Joseph Rocan, Maxime Rocan Jr., Yvonne Rocan (wife of Archie McMillan) and Gustave A. Rocan. He served on the St. Boniface city council in 1892. He died at St. Boniface on 9 July 1912.

Sources:

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Pioneer merchant dies in St. Boniface,” Manitoba Free Press, 10 July 1912, page 8.

We thank Claudette Rocan for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 June 2017

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