Memorable Manitobans: Albert St. Hilaire (1924-2005)
Farmer, municipal official, community activist.
He was born at St. Pierre Jolys on 31 October 1924 to Marie Dorothe Hebert (1904-1992) and Joseph Omer Adelard St. Hilaire (1902-1984). On 19 November 1946, he married Laurette Dupuis (1927-2020) at St. Jean Baptiste. They took over the Dupuis family farm near St. Jean Baptiste and raised their seven children there.
Although his passion was farming, he also wanted to serve the public and for 35 years held positions on numerous committees, boards, and councils, including director of the local Caisse Populaire, trustee and later President of the local School Board, director of the St. Jean Co-op, and member of the Knights of Columbus, Farmers Union, and Chamber of Commerce. He served also as a Municipal Councillor for the RM of Montcalm and then Reeve (1974-1989), and President of the Manitoba Disaster Assistance Board.
Once he retired, he and his wife travelled to many corners of the world. In November 2002, he asked his cousin to help him prepare his memoirs, and in 2004 his self-published book, From the Farm to Public Life, was launched.
He died at Winnipeg on 24 August 2005.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 August 2005.
Obituary [Laurette Dupuis St. Hilaire], Winnipeg Free Press, 12 December 2020.
“Albert St. Hilaire,” Donelly Family Tree, Ancestry.
This page was prepared by Lois Braun.
Page revised: 2 September 2022