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Memorable Manitobans: Isaie Joseph “Doc” Lavoie (1864-1937)

Wholesale merchant.

Born at St. Cyprian, Quebec on 1 August 1864, son of Jacques Lavoie and Marie Hebert, he came to St. Boniface in 1878 and was educated at St. Boniface College. He worked for the Hudson’s Bay Company from 1883 to 1905, then was a travelling salesman for Richard Beliveau Company until 1918. He started the business of Lavoie and Company that year in partnership with his brother, assuming full control in 1919 with the assistance of his two sons. He retired in 1927.

On 19 August 1890, he married Lucie Lanthier at St. Boniface and they had nine children: Paul Henri Lavoie (1891-?), Alonzo Baptiste Lavoie (1893-1938), Gabrielle Alida Lavoie (1894-?), Juliette Laure Lavoie (1895-?), Henri Magloire Lavoie (1898-1903), Maurice Edward Lavoie (1901-1901), Marie Jeanne Lavoie (1902-?, wife of Henri Lacerte), Francoise Andrée Lavoie (1905-?), and Marie Marcelle Lucette Lavoie (1908-?). In 1925, the family lived on Provencher Avenue in St. Boniface. Lavoie was President of the St. Boniface Board of Trade, and a City Councillor for eight years. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club, Catholic Order of Foresters, Alliance Nationale, AOUW, North West Commercial Travellers’ Association, United Commercial Travellers, and the Roman Catholic Church.

He died at St. Boniface on 11 October 1937 and was buried in the St. Boniface Cathedral Cemetery.


Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“Isaie Lavoie dies in St. Boniface,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 October 1937, page 21.

We thank Michelle Turenne-Smith and Michel Lavoie for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 June 2014

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