Memorable Manitobans: Roger Joseph Teillet (1912-2002)
Born at St. Vital on 21 August 1912, son of Pierre Camille Teillet (1879-1963) and Sara Riel (1890-1933, daughter of Joseph Riel), he attended school at St. Vital and St. Boniface, being forced by the Great Depression to leave St. Boniface College after two years. He then apprenticed as a bank manager until banks began closing, when he took a variety of jobs. He served overseas with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War, as a navigator aboard a Halifax bomber. He was shot down during a mission in August 1942 and was a German prisoner of war until 1945. Returning to Winnipeg, he established an insurance agency.
He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature for St. Boniface in 1953, re-elected in 1958 but was not a candidate in 1959. He was elected to the House of Commons for St. Boniface in 1962, and was re-elected in 1963 and 1965. He sat on the committee that selected Canada’s maple leaf flag. He served as Minister of Veterans Affairs (1963-1968) and Canadian Pension Commissioner (1968-1978). After retirement in 1980, he remained in Ottawa.
On 18 May 1940, he married Jeanne Marie Boux (1915-2000) and they had two sons.
He died at Ottawa, Ontario on 1 May 2002 and was buried in the Green Acres Memorial Gardens.
Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary [Pierre Camille Teillet], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 May 1963, page 9.
The Canadian Directory of Parliament, 1867-1967, edited by J. K. Johnson, Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa [Library and Archives Canada], 1968.
“A Manitoba native son is laid to rest,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 May 2002, page A4.
“They will never be forgotten,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2002, pages A8-A9.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 1 July 2021