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Memorable Manitobans: Arthur Benoit Fouillard (1920-2014)

Farmer, businessman, municipal official, heritage advocate.

Born at St. Lazare on 31 August 1920, son of Eugéne Fouillard and Hélène Simard, at the age of 13 he began working in his father’s farm implements business (founded in 1908), eventually taking it over in partnership with his brothers. He also operated a grain and exotic cattle farm until retirement in 1987. During the Second World War, he served in the Canadian Army, stationed at Victoria, British Columbia. Active in the community, he served as Mayor of St. Lazare (1960-1967) and was a member of the local Hospital Board, and St. Lazare Knights of Columbus. He protected the former site of Fort Ellice on his property overlooking the Assiniboine River Valley, for which he received a Centennial Medal in 1970. He sold the 1,416-hectare property to the Nature Conservancy of Canada in 2012, ensuring its protection in perpetuity. He died at Birtle on 7 April 2014 and was buried in the St. Lazare Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Fort Ellice (RM of Ellice-Archie)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Fouillard School (RM of Ellice-Archie)

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 May 2014, page B13.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 May 2014

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