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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Charles “Joe” LeClerc (1915-2002)

Carpenter, dog musher.

Born at Ste. Amelie on 12 June 1915, son of Eugene LeClerc (1890-1979) and Marie Octavie Pelletier (1895-1981), he lived in several places while working as a carpenter for Manitoba Housing before moving to The Pas in 1957. On 20 February 1939, he married Marie Rose Fradette (?-?) at Ste. Rose du Lac and they had nine children. He captured the title of World Champion Dog Musher in 1960. As a Canadian centennial project in February 1967, he carried mail from The Pas to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan in a dog sled, taking four days to complete the trip. He died at The Pas on 23 August 2002 and was buried in The Pas Lakeside Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Prince Albert planning huge welcome for ‘Pas’ Joe LeClerc,” The Pas Herald, 1 February 1967.

Obituary, Opasquia Times, 30 August 2002.

Joseph Charles LeClerc, FindAGrave.

This page was prepared by Ralph McLean and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 February 2021

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