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Memorable Manitobans: Alfred Arthur De Cruyenaere (1893-1981)

Businessman, community activist.

Born at Rolleghem, Belgium in 1893, he came to Canada in 1912 and joined the Winnipeg Police Force three years later. In 1920, he began a home delivery route for milk, with six customers, and later founded Modern Dairy Limited. By 1929, when the firm opened a new facility at the corner of St. Joseph and La Verendrye in St. Boniface, he was its Vice-President and General Manager. He was in the hotel business from 1941 until retirement in 1954. He served as President of the Belgian Club (1935-1938) and was the model for a figure on the Belgian Veterans War Memorial in front of the clubhouse on Provencher Boulevard. He was also the President of the St. Boniface Kiwanis Club, Belgian Archery Club, and Belgian Credit Union. He died at Winnipeg on 16 July 1981 and was buried in the Green Acres Memorial Gardens.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Modern Dairy Building (738 St. Joseph Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Belgian Veterans Association Historical War Memorial (407 Provencher Boulevard, Winnipeg)


“Canada’s finest creamery in new home,” Winnipeg Tribune, 31 December 1929, page 10.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 July 1981, page 44.

We thank Neil Pryce for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 January 2018

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