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Memorable Manitobans: Maurice J. Arpin (1923-1983)

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Maurice J. Arpin
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Born at Lorette on 23 December 1923, he was educated at College de Saint-Boniface and the University of Manitoba Law School. He served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. Called to the Manitoba Bar in 1950, he was a prominent lawyer in the firm of Greenberg, Arpin and Rich, serving as Chair of the University of Manitoba’s Board of Governors (1969-1971) and being made a Queen’s Counsel in 1960. He was the author of The Law and You (1966). He was the Progressive Conservative candidate for St. Boniface in the 1969 general election but was defeated by Larry Desjardins. He was a founding member of the Manitoba Centennial Corporation (1963). He died suddenly at Winnipeg on 25 April 1983. His papers are held at the Archives of Manitoba.


“These Manitobans will help plan centennial,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 September 1963, page 9.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 27 April 1983, page 31.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 December 2019

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