Memorable Manitobans: Robert Edmond “Bob” Trudel (c1925-2013)
Born around 1925, son of Dr. Jean-Joseph Trudel (1888-1968) and Margherita Chevrier, he was educated at Maison Chapelle, Norwood Collegiate, Provencher Collegiate, and St. Boniface College. During the Second World War, he served in the Canadian military then attended the University of Manitoba, receiving an Arts degree.
In 1951, he received a law degree from the Manitoba Law School and was called to the Manitoba Bar in February 1952. He practiced law with the firms of Chapman and Trudel (1952-1957) and Morkin, Hayes and Trudel (1957-1967). In January 1967, he succeeded Henri Lacerte as a magistrate in the Provincial Court. He retired early in March 1988, following his conviction for obstruction of justice in which he was said to have “disposed of traffic tickets unlawfully and secretly to prevent the accumulation of demerit points on offenders’ driving records and the consequent license fee penalties.”
On 23 August 1956, he married Louise Marguerite Chenard (1927-2015) at St-Pierre-Jolys and they had two children. He was a keen amateur actor, served as the Chairman of Festival du Voyageur for two years from its inception, and was President of the Winnipeg Press Club (1966).
He died at Winnipeg in February 2013.
“Engagements,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 July 1956, page 13.
“Trudel goes to bench,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 January 1967, page 3.
“Festival chairman may quit,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 March 1971, page 3.
“Trudel ‘sucker for story’,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 November 1988, page 1.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 9 June 2022