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Memorable Manitobans: Pierluigi “Louie” Tolaini (1936-2020)

Businessman, winemaker.

Born at Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, Tuscany, Italy in 1936, he came to Canada in 1956 and settled at Virden where he drove a truck to haul water to oil fields. He bought more trucks and began hauling freight and livestock, eventually founding the trucking firm TransX, which became one of the largest privately-owned transportation company in Canada. In 1998, he fulfilled a life-long ambition to establish a winery in Tuscany and, in 2004, he and his daughter started a company to market Italian wines in North America. He was inducted into the Manitoba Business Hall of Fame (2017). He died at Winnipeg on 19 April 2020.

Sources:

“TransX founder remembers as legendary entrepreneur,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 April 2020.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 25 April 2020.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 April 2020

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