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Memorable Manitobans: Leon Marc Alexandre Bernier (1886-1961)

Lawyer, judge.

Born at St. Boniface on 16 August 1886, son of Thomas Alfred Bernier and Julie Malvina Demers (1848-1927), and brother of Joseph Bernier and Noel Bernier, he attended Provencher School and graduated in Arts from the Collège de Saint-Boniface (1907). He articled with Joseph Devereux Suffield and Edward James McMurray and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1910. He practiced law with the firm of Bernier, Blackwood, and Bernier. Made a King’s Counsel in 1947, he was appointed to the Manitoba County Court in 1950.

On 17 January 1917, he married Emma Louise Flanagan (1895-1985, daughter of James Flanagan) and they had three children: Madeleine Bernier, Paul Bernier (1922-1988), and Louise Marguerite Bernier. He served as President of the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste of St. Boniface.

He died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 12 February 1961 and was buried in the St. Boniface Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Three KC’s appointed,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1947, page 1.

Obituary [Emma Louise Bernier], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 July 1985, page 54.

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

Paul J. Bernier, FindAGrave.

We thank Christopher Adams for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 February 2022

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