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Memorable Manitobans: Wilfrid Laurier “Fred” Roblin (1878-1952)


Born at Prince Edward County, Ontario on 29 September 1878, son of Rodmond Palen Roblin and Adelaide DeMille (1853-1928), he came to Manitoba with his family and spent most of his childhood at Carman, moving later to Winnipeg where he graduated from the University of Manitoba. Prior to 1914, he managed the Winnipeg Telegram Newspaper Company then, from 1914 to 1919, he served overseas with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. After the war, he joined Consolidated Motors Limited, rising the position of Vice-President at the time of his death. He also had an interest in Motor Sales Limited and Prairie Overland Limited. He was a member of the Portage Country Club. He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 17 October 1952 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

“W. L. Roblin, auto executive dies aged 74,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 October 1952.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 April 2020

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