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Memorable Manitobans: Théophile Paré (1850-1926)

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Théophile Paré
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Municipal official, MLA (1892-1895), MLA (1896-1899), cleric.

Born at Lachine, Quebec on 1 December 1850, he attended the seminary at St. Therese. He married Angelique Nolan (c1836-1903) shortly before coming to Manitoba in 1872 and settling at Ste. Anne des Chenes. They had a daughter, Marie Paré (1878-?). In 1892, he was elected as a Conservative to the Manitoba Legislature for the La Verendrye constituency and was re-elected in 1896 but defeated in 1899. He also served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Rural Municipalities of Ste. Anne and La Broquerie. Following the death of his wife, he moved to St. Boniface where he entered the priesthood in 1906 with special permission of the Pope. He was assistant bursar at La Corporation Arch-Episcopal until 1918 then bursar for three years, then assistant bursar until 1925 when he retired. He died at St. Boniface on 17 November 1926 and was buried in the St. Boniface Cathedral Cemetery.

Sources:

1881 and 1891 Canada censuses, Library and Archives Canada.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Father Pare, 76, former M.L.A., passes away,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 November 1926, page 1.

“Early day member of Legislature is dead,” newspaper clipping dated 19 November 1926 [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 January 2021

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