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Memorable Manitobans: Wilfrid [Wilfred] Lafrance Patrick Moran (1908-1997)


Born at St-Pierre-Jolys on 29 March 1908, son of John Doherty Moran (1873-1916) and Marie Clara Eva La France [Lafrance] (1882-1981), and sibling of Alfred John Patrick Moran, by 1911 he was living in Norwood and attended Provencher School as well as St. Joseph’s Orphanage (1916). He spent four years enrolled in a Roman Catholic High School at Belleville, Illinois and, from 1933-1937, took classes at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, graduating with a MSc and PhD (1937). Prior to 1941, he became an Brother with the Society of Mary (Roman Catholic Marian Society) and an ordained minister, and returned to St. Boniface as Principal of Provencher School (1941-1947). During this time, he also served as President (?-1946) of the South East Teachers’ Association of Manitoba. His Principalship was reportedly ended due to a Roman Catholic School policy which, at the time, saw a Principal change every six years.

He departed Manitoba for Switzerland to teach in Fribourg, spending the next nine years locally between the University of Fribourg as well as at the Villa St. Jean International School. From there, he taught 15 years at three sites in Peru before moving to the United States of America. He taught at the Central Catholic High School (one year) at San Antonio, Texas and joined the St. Mary’s University (San Antonio) as Vice-President Elect (1971-1972) and Vice-President of Financial Administration (1972-?). Retired by the 1980s, he was paid a personal visit in 1987 by King Juan Carlos I of Spain, of his pupils from the Villa St. Jean International School.

He died at Bexar, Texas on 10 January 1997 and was buried in the Marianist Cemetery at San Antonio.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 and 1921 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.

1916 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

“Doctor’s degree,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 21 August 1937, page 2.

“High School “Can move world”,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 October 1946, page 17.

“Cadet Inspection [Photo caption],” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 June 1947, page 7.

“Pupil to Principal,” Winnipeg Tribune, 12 July 1947, page 13.

“Associates honor school Principal at farewell party,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 August 1947, page 11.

“St. Mary's appoints Bro. Moran,” San Antonio Express, 14 June 1972, page 20.

Obituary [Nazaire Lafrance], Winnipeg Free Press, August 1978, page 40.

“King of Spain will visit former teacher in Texas,” Paris News [Paris, Texas], 27 September 1987, page 1.

“Spain's King will meet a teacher from his youth,” El Paso Times, 27 September 1987, page 32.

Obituary [Louisa Moran], Winnipeg Free Press, 29 October 1992, page C10.

US Social Security Death Index, Ancestry.

Gray family tree, Ancestry.

Marianist Cemetery burial transcriptions, FindAGrave.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 23 May 2020

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