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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Thomas Beaubien (1886-1957)

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Joseph Thomas Beaubien
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Lawyer, judge.

Born at St. Jean Baptiste on 19 March 1886, son of Aimé Beaubien and Cordélia Hamel, brother of A. L. Beaubien, he was educated at St. Jean and St. Boniface College (BA 1910). He was called to the Manitoba Bar and was admitted as a solicitor in 1913. He practiced in Winnipeg and was made a King’s Counsel in 1932. Appointed a judge to the Court of King’s Bench in January 1948, he was elevated to the Court of Appeal in August 1952, serving until retirement in March 1957.

He was a member of the Executive for the Manitoba Bar Association, the Manitoba Club, and the Southwood Country Club, and was active in the French Canadian Education Assocation. He was a founder of the French radio station CKSB and a member of the Rhodes Scholarship Committee for Manitoba. He was a President of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

He died while on holiday at Tucson, Arizona on 25 March 1957. His body was returned to Winnipeg for burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery.


“Judge Beaubien dies during U.S. vacation,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 March 1957, page 5.

“Judge Beaubien funeral is Tuesday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 March 1957, page 17.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 October 2014

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