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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Hector Tremblay (1878-1917)

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J. H. Tremblay
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Contractor.

Born in Quebec in February 1878, he came to Manitoba around 1904. He was President of J. H. Tremblay & Company, with his relatives serving other executive roles: Joseph A. Tremblay as Vice-President, brother Joseph Pierre Tremblay (1885-1948) as Secretary-Treasurer and Managing Director, and Joseph D. Tremblay as Superintendent. The firm was responsible for the construction of several noteworthy buildings around Winnipeg as well as a portion of the Shoal Lake Aqueduct. He died suddenly at his Winnipeg home, 739 Wolseley Avenue, on 6 February 1917. He was buried in the St. Boniface Cemetery.

Some of his construction works in Manitoba included:

Structure

Location

Year

Status

Provencher School

320 Avenue de la Cathedrale, Winnipeg

1906

 

Norwood School

?

1906-1907

 

Carnegie Library (addition)

380 William Avenue, Winnipeg

1908

 

Greenway School

850 St. Matthews Avenue, Winnipeg

1909-1910

Demolished (1997)

Kelvin Technical High School

55 Harrow Street, Winnipeg

1910-1912

Demolished (1965-1966)

Union Stockyards

Marion Street, Winnipeg

1913

 

St. Boniface General Hospital (expansion)

409 avenue Taché, Winnipeg

c1915

 

Shoal Lake Aqueduct (20 miles)

 

1915-1918

 

Sources:

“Park for St. Boniface,” Winnipeg Tribune, 7 June 1906, page 10.

“From “Le Manitoba”,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 October 1906, page 3.

“Winnipeg’s big building development during 1908,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 December 1908, page 31.

“New Greenway School,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 July 1909, page 2.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“J. H. Tremblay, head of contracting firm, expires suddenly,” Winnipeg Tribune, 7 February 1917, page 7.

Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“J. P. Tremblay, 63, Manitoba pioneer, dies at residence,” Winnipeg Tribune, 23 June 1948, page 2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 September 2020

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