Memorable Manitobans: Godias Rémi Brunet (c1882-1977)
Educator, school inspector.
Born at Quebec City, Quebec around 1882, brother of Joseph Olivier Brunet, he came to Manitoba in 1910 and taught school at Haywood. The following year, he was appointed a Manitoba School Inspector, based at St. Boniface, serving until 1919. He became a professor at Wesley College and taught French at Lord Selkirk School for 30 years, retiring in 1946. He wrote two books: Francais par la Conversation and L’Allouette de Prairie. He also taught penmanship at Success Business College.
On 24 June 1912, he married Alice Jutras (c1888-1978) at Letellier and they had ten children: Marie Marthe Julie Brunet (1913-?, wife of Lorenzo Girouard), Anne Marie Cecile Brunet (1914-?, wife of ? Coe), Paul Bernard Brunet (1916-?), Pierre Lionel Brunet (1917-2007), Henri Marc Brunet (1918-2005), Denys J. Brunet (?-1981), Berthe Francoise Brunet (c1920-2006), Jeanne Brunet (?-?), Marguerite Evelyne Brunet (c1923-2001), and Alice Brunet (?-?). He was a member of the St. Boniface Historical Society, Mentors Club, Cercle Moliere, and Alliance Francaise.
He died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 23 August 1977 and was buried in the St. Boniface Cemetery. A collection of his papers is held at the St. Boniface Historical Society.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.
“Brunet couple mark 60 years,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 July 1972, page 25.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 25 August 1977, page 36.
Obituary [Alice Brunet], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 July 1978, page 142.
Obituary [Denys J. Brunet], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 June 1981, page 38.
Obituary [Marguerite Evelyne Brunet], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 July 2001.
Obituary [Henri Marc Remi Norbert Brunet], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 April 2005.
Obituary [Berthe Francoise Brunet], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 April 2006.
Obituary [Pierre Lionel Brunet], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 March 2007.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 9 May 2023