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Memorable Manitobans: Louis Bernard “Luke” Therrien (1923-2014)

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Community activist.

Born at St. Jean on 5 July 1923, at the age of 17 he enlisted in the Canadian Army, serving for over five years with an artillery unit in the Second World War. Following his military discharge, he came to St. Vital and worked as an insurance salesman. He later started his own insurance company which he operated until retirement at the age of 70. He was a campaign manager for numerous Liberal candidates. He served as President of the St. Vital Legion, St. Vital Curling Club, Nicolette Curling Club, and Fort Garry Curling Club. In 1993, motivated by the absence of employment facilities for his mentally challenged son, he founded the Norshel Centre and he served on its board for 15 years. He died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 4 October 2014.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 October 2014.

We thank Frances Kasper for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 October 2014

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