Memorable Manitobans: Henri Bergeron (1925-2000)
Born at St. Lupicin on 17 May 1925, son of Pierre Simeon Napoleon Paul Bergeron (1896-1972) and Marie Rosalie Bourrier (1896-1988), he was educated at Collège des Jésuites and the University of Manitoba. In 1946, his 33-year broadcasting career began at CKSB in St. Boniface, as a founding host with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) first French radio station in Western Canada. He departed for CKCH at Hull, Quebec and later CFBT Montreal, Quebec where, in September 1956, he was at the helm of Radio-Canada’s first television broadcast. He was also a fixture at CBC-TV’s French language channel, including his coverage of the 1969 moon landing. Retiring in 1985, he wrote four books between 1989 and 1998.
He married Yvonne Mercier (1923-?) and had five children. He was a recipient of the le prix du Conseil de la Vie française en Amérique (1963), an Officer of the Order of Canada (1978), l’Ordre des francophones d’Amérique (1989), l’Ordre de la Pléiade (1994), and the rank of Chevalier with l’Ordre national du Québec (1995).
He died of cancer at Montreal on 10 July 2000. He is commemorated by École Henri Bergeron in Winnipeg.
“School set to drop royal title,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 June 1998, page A3.
“Broadcaster Bergeon dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 July 2000, page D6.
Henri Bergeron, The Canadian Encyclopedia.
“Bergeron funeral to be held Thursday,” CBC.ca
École Henri-Bergeron, Louis Riel School Division.
Henry Bergeon, CBC.ca
Giesbrecht family tree, Ancestry.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 16 October 2014
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