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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Gustave Van Belleghem (1901-1967)

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Joseph Gustave Van Belleghem
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Hotelier, MLA (1950-1953).

Born at St. Vital on 6 September 1901, he attended Provencher School and St. Boniface College. After working railway construction with his father, he and his brother Frank became joint owners of the Tourist Hotel until his retirement in 1960. Elected as MLA for St. Boniface in 1949, he served a single term, being defeated in the 1953 general election, and was Mayor of St. Boniface from 1954 to 1960. He was a St. Boniface alderman for 18 years between 1932 and 1965. For many years he was the Belgian consul for Manitoba. Van Bellegham was a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus. He died at St. Boniface on 5 January 1967 and was buried in the Belgian Sacred Heart Cemetery. He is commemorated by École Van Belleghem.

Brother-in-law of Theodore Bockstael.

See also:

Joseph Van Belleghem: A Biography by James B. Wyndels, Ottawa: J. Merriam Print, 2004.

Biographical information is available at the Le Centre du patrimoine of La Société historique de Saint-Boniface.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Ville Cathedral de Saint Boniface: The Cathedral City, promotional pamphlet, c1958.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 January 1967, page 28.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page is based, in part, on information provided by Louise Van Belleghem, daughter of J. G. Van Belleghem.

We thank Anthony Wlock for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 May 2020

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