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Memorable Manitobans: Benjamin Gomez Fonseca (1867-1915)


Born at Winnipeg on 4 March 1867, son of William G. Fonseca and Margaret Ann Logan, he was educated at St. John’s College. He established the Fonseca Mica Roofing Company and later was in the livery business. In 1904, he opened the Wolseley Hotel on Higgins Avenue, which he operated until his death. On 29 June 1891, he married Jenetta Mason at Winnipeg. They had four children: William Fonseca (1892-?), Albert Arthur Gomez Fonseca (1894-?), Ethel Fonseca (1896-?), and Benjamin Gomez Fonseca (1898-?). He was a member of the Anglican Church and the Eagles Lodge. He died at his Winnipeg home, 60 Maple Street, on 22 March 1915 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.


Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Pioneer of city dead,” Winnipeg Telegram, 21 March 1915 [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B6]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 June 2017

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