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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Hector Tremblay (1878-1917)

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Joseph Hector Tremblay
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Born in Quebec in February 1878, he came to Manitoba around 1904. He was President of J. H. Tremblay & Company, with his brothers serving other executive roles: Joseph Albert Tremblay as Vice-President, Joseph Pierre Tremblay (1885-1948) as Secretary-Treasurer and Managing Director, and Joseph Desire Tremblay (1886-?) as Superintendent. The firm was responsible for the construction of several noteworthy buildings around Winnipeg as well as a portion of the Shoal Lake Aqueduct.

He died suddenly at his Winnipeg home, 739 Wolseley Avenue, on 6 February 1917. He was buried in the St. Boniface Cemetery.

Some of his construction works in Manitoba included:





Provencher School

320 Avenue de la Cathedrale, Winnipeg



Norwood School




Carnegie Library (addition)

380 William Avenue, Winnipeg



Greenway School

850 St. Matthews Avenue, Winnipeg


Demolished (1997)

Kelvin Technical High School

55 Harrow Street, Winnipeg


Demolished (1965-1966)

Union Stockyards

Marion Street, Winnipeg



St. Boniface General Hospital (expansion)

409 avenue Taché, Winnipeg



Shoal Lake Aqueduct (20 miles)





“Park for St. Boniface,” Winnipeg Tribune, 7 June 1906, page 10.

“From “Le Manitoba”,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 October 1906, page 3.

“Winnipeg’s big building development during 1908,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 December 1908, page 31.

“New Greenway School,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 July 1909, page 2.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“J. H. Tremblay, head of contracting firm, expires suddenly,” Winnipeg Tribune, 7 February 1917, page 7.

Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“J. P. Tremblay, 63, Manitoba pioneer, dies at residence,” Winnipeg Tribune, 23 June 1948, page 2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 September 2020

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