Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Louis Alexandre Deniset (1919-1983)
Born at St. Boniface on 29 June 1919, son of Francois Deniset and Rachel Bernier, he attended Provencher Collegiate, St. Boniface College, and University of Montreal (BA 1939). During the Second World War, he served overseas as an officer of the Royal 22nd Regiment and Lieutenant-Colonel of the Winnipeg Grenardiers (1954-1957). After his military discharge, he received a law degree from the University of Manitoba (LLB 1949) and in 1949 established a law practice at St. Boniface, being senior partner in the firm of Grafton Deniset Dowhan Muldoon and Perreault.
On 21 April 1951, he married Jeanne Remillard (c1921-1977) and they had three sons and three daughters. He served as President of L’Association d’Education des Canadiens Francais du Manitoba. He was elected to the House of Commons for St. Boniface in 1957 but was defeated in 1958. He was appointed at a judge to the Court of Queen’s Bench in 1965. He wrote several theatrical plays and also the novel L’Equilibre Instable (Les Editions du Jour, 1977).
He died of a heart attack at Quebec City on 26 August 1983.
Birth registration [Joseph Alexandre Louis Deniset], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Judge hopes he can coach team,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 January 1965.
The Canadian Directory of Parliament, 1867-1967, edited by J. K. Johnson, Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa [Library and Archives Canada], 1968.
Obituary [Jeanne Deniset], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 April 1977, page 25.
“Judge Deniset dead at 64,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 August 1983.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 August 1983.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 15 August 2023