Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Olivier Brunet (1878-1950)
Born at Ste. Martine de Chateauguay, Quebec on 21 January 1878, brother of Godias Rémi Brunet, their father died when he was 14 and his mother died two years later, leaving him with four siblings to support. Having learned the trade of masonry from his father and other family members, he worked in Montreal until moving to St. Boniface in 1909. The following year, he established the stone-carving business of J. O. Brunet Monuments, contributing to the construction of churches, St. Boniface College, and other buildings. In 1907, he married Emilia Sauvageau (1883-1985) and they had seven children: Louis Philippe Brunet, Marie Therese Irene Brunet (1910-?), Marie Blanche Anna Brunet (1911-?), Joseph Francois Brunet (1914-?), Lucille Brunet (1917-2014, wife of Louis-Philippe Corbeil), Anna Marie Brunet (1919-?), and Gabriel Brunet (1923-1948). He died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 30 October 1950 and was buried in the St. Boniface Cemetery.
Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“J. O. Brunet dies in St. Boniface,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 November 1950, page 27.
Obituary [Emilia Brunet], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 September 1985, page 50.
Obituary [Lucille Corbeil], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 February 2014.
About Us, Brunet Monuments.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 22 April 2021